Nuisance Wildlife and Relocation

Relocation

Although cities are often considered to be inhospitable environments for wildlife, a number of small mammals have successfully made their homes in our man-made habitats.

The shelter is not able to take in or care for wild animals.

How to Keep Wildlife Away

Has a groundhog made a home under your hot tub? Is a racoon greedily devouring your garbage? Or is a squirrel playing games in your chimney? Common situations like these can be very unpleasant.

However, these animals are also on their own territory, and we have to share our environment with them. Here are a few tips on how to avoid some of the problems they can cause.

Do not relocate wildlife on your own.

Here are the recommendations of the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs.

Cage Traps

Using a cage trap to remove a wild animal should be a last resort.

It is important to understand that removing wildlife from its home territory only opens the door for new nuisance animals to move in. Prevention, tolerance and healthy cohabitation are always preferable solutions.

If the techniques described above don’t work, you may want to consider using a cage trap. Once the animal has been dislodged, use one of the preventive techniques proposed in this section to ensure another animal doesn’t take its place.

What Is a Cage Trap?

A cage trap is used to capture living animals without injuring them. Bait such as cat food, tuna, etc. is placed in the trap, and the mechanism is activated. When an animal enters the cage to get to the food, the door closes, trapping the animal inside.

IMPORTANT: Never leave a cage trap unchecked in the sun or very cold temperatures for a long time.

Cage Trap Rental

We rent cage traps that can be used to trap stray cats or wildlife (racoons, skunks or groundhogs) to citizens of Longueuil, Boucherville and Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville.

We can also deliver cages and pick up captured animals upon request, for a fee.

Stray Cats:

  • You can rent a cage trap for a 10-day period with a $40 rental deposit.
  • If the cage is returned after the 10-day period, a late fee of $5 a day will be charged.

Wildlife:

For wildlife, start by reviewing the “How to keep wildlife away” section before thinking about renting a cage trap.

  • You can rent a cage trap for a 10-day period for a $40 rental deposit and an $80 relocation deposit.
  • If the cage is returned after the 10-day period, a late fee of $5 a day will be charged.
  • The $40 rental fee and $80 relocation deposit, totalling $120, will not be refunded if we have to relocate the animal.

IMPORTANT: Due to the cold weather and risk to animals, we do not rent cage traps during the winter. The service resumes when the temperature permits it.