Currently Animal Care & Control Centre (13550 163 Street) rents out a variety of wildlife traps to assist citizens with small pest animals on their property.
- Humane wildlife traps are available for up to one week for a $75 refundable deposit. (Available April 1 to October 31, weather permitting)
- Payment may be made by VISA, Mastercard, or debit for immediate refund upon return of the trap
- Cash payment refunds can take up to 4 weeks
- Cheques are not accepted
- Please call 311 to have an Animal Care & Control Officer pick up the trapped skunks or porcupines. It is recommended that trapped squirrels are released by the citizens however a pick up can be arranged if need be.
Beginning October 31, 2018, Animal Care & Control Centre will no longer offer wildlife trap rental services. This change has been brought forward from a Program and Service Review that evaluated various services the City provides to help Council reach its strategic goals and whether those services are still a priority for citizens. The recommendations to discontinue this service are due to:
Offering traps for wildlife is a non-legislated and non-traditional municipal activity
Significant risk of injury to citizens, staff and the animal
Potential that a trapped animal is a new mother, leaving the babies orphaned
Baited traps could attract more wildlife
Relocation can be stressful and cause territorial disputes
Relocations simply opens the space for another animal to move in.
Going forward, citizens will be encouraged to seek the help of privately operated wildlife and pest control companies or modify their property to deter wild animals.
Here are some species specific tips for keeping your property pest free:
Deterring magpies & crows.
Repelling hares from your yard.
Removing gophers and groundhogs.
Removing squirrels from your house and yard.