Why live-trapping is not humane

Not only is it illegal, relocated animals often do not survive and orphaned babies are left behind to starve. This raccoon also suffered injuries because of a trap and required our care.

Not only is it illegal, relocated animals often do not survive and orphaned babies are left behind to starve. This raccoon also suffered injuries because of a trap and required our care.

Although once a popular answer to wildlife problems, live- trapping and relocating wildlife is no longer considered a humane solution. Here are some reasons why trapping and relocating wildlife is not a solution.

  • in Ontario, it is illegal to relocate wildlife more than one kilometre
  • trapping and relocating adults may leave babies behind to die from starvation and dehydration
  • relocated wildlife may not survive because of competition with native wildlife and the inability to find appropriate nesting places, food and water
  • animals can suffer stress, injuries and even death trying to escape from traps
  • baited traps can attract domestic pets or untargeted wildlife (skunks!)
  • relocated wildlife can spread diseases and parasites to other areas
  • removing animals will just create vacant territory for other wildlife to move in

Instead of trapping and relocating, please read these tips for humanely evicting wildlife and contact us for advice.