Squirrel and Raccoon Trapping – Why Not To Do It

Feb 14, 2014

When people are in conflict with wildlife (Raccoons, Squirrels, Skunks, Groundhogs, etc) they think the best solution is trapping and relocating the animal. Wildlife trapping and relocating is seen as an easy, quick and humane way to solve those conflicts, but this is not usually the case. Trapping and relocating squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and groundhogs may cause undesirable consequences for both people and wildlife.

Why relocating Squirrels, Raccoons, Skunks and Groundhogs can be harmful:

  • Resources are limited and wildlife may have a difficult time meeting their basic needs – food, water and shelter – in unfamiliar areas or areas with limited resources
  • Wildlife is already living there – relocating to areas that are already home to other wildlife can create hostility and strain already scares resources. Some animals are territorial and newcomers competing for food, shelter and water can lead to conflict, injury and even death.
  • Diseases can spread by moving animals around to various areas. Diseases include the spread of rabies that can decrease populations and become a threat to humans.
  • Relocated wildlife may try to return – faced with unfamiliar territory, possibly separated from family and competing for resources, wildlife may try to return and in doing so may be injured or killed by vehicle collisions.
  • Trapping and relocating wildlife is not a long term solution – where territorial animals are in conflict, simply trapping and relocating one may lead to a new one moving in. This will lead to a drawn out process that may not have the results in the end. Additional damage to a home and disruption to people lives continue.
  • Wildlife trapping and relocation becomes someone else’s problem. Raccoons, Squirrels, Skunks and Groundhogs continue to seek out the resources they need to survive and may do so in someone else’s home or business.

Wildlife trapping and relocation is legislated through the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act which states that is an animal is trapped, it must be released unharmed in close proximity to the capture site ( within 1 kilometer) or, if sick or injured, delivered to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator within 24 hours unless otherwise directed by the Ministry. Poisons and adhesives are also banned for use against wildlife.

Greenshield Pest Control utilizes passive methods to solve human/ wildlife conflicts. These include one-way doors and preventative exclusion. Our technicians have the educational background in wildlife management and ongoing training through the National Wildlife Control Operators Association.  Our technicians also have the skills to balance effective removal of wildlife and maintain the aesthetics of any property.  Greenshield Pest Control is recognized as a wildlife agent by the Ministry of Natural Resources which enables us to act on behalf of a property owner to manage a wildlife conflict.

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