You know your city has a fair amount of raccoons when the BBC films a segment on its dense trash panda population.
Indeed, Toronto has been dubbed the ‘Raccoon Capital of the World’ and for good reason: Thousands of raccoons call the city home. And while we share our city with them, that doesn’t mean we should share our home or backyard with them too.
If you’re a Torontonian, you’ve probably come across one of these masked bandits around your home. You may’ve taken matters into your own hands and tried to trap raccoons yourself.
But trapping raccoons isn’t only highly dangerous – they are notorious disease carriers – but there are Ontario trapping regulations to abide to, which many raccoon vigilantes are unaware of.
In Ontario, it is illegal to trap and relocate animals from the site where they were captured, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources’ Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.
However, the Ontario government mandates licensed trappers to use humane techniques to trap or capture furbearing animals like raccoons. Even if you’re trapping raccoons as a landowner or a resident, you’ll need a license to do so legally. Toronto Animal Services have outlined specific raccoon trapping regulations for the city, which are as follows:
Live Trapping Raccoons
When live trapping raccoons appears to be the only method of humane raccoon removal, remember;
Trapping , Hunting, and Poisoning:
There are some precautions you can take to deter raccoons, and maybe even remove some, but remember these solutions are temporary:
If raccoons are really driving you crazy, Ontario does allow raccoon hunting with a firearm at night. You can learn the rules and regulations from their official site, and will need a valid small game license or a trapping license to hunt raccoon. Again, it’s probably easier – and safer, and cheaper – to find a wildlife removal expert.