Firstly, let me give a Shout Out to all the wildlife rescues and rehabbers out there. And the people who volunteer or donate. They make my heart happy. We donate to Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary monthly. It is a good feeling. We've taken several critters there over the 12 years we've been here. It is orphan season and people are finding lots of critters that need a helping hand. They sent out a newsletter. It had some good advice for those dealing with critter babies.
Here are some reasons why trapping and relocating wildlife is not a solution. Call a rehabber for more information.
- in Ontario, it is illegal to relocate wildlife more than 1 km,
- 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.