Baby raccoons discovered in attic of Burlington, Ont. home weeks earlier than normal – Hamilton

It is named another sign of our changing seasons and milder winters.

Skedaddle, a Hamilton-based wildlife control company, said it was called on Thursday for the humane removal of five baby raccoons from the attic of a house in Burlington.

Raccoons don’t usually give birth until just before April in southern Ontario, but skedaddle president Bill Dowd says this is two years in a row that they have spotted babies in a home earlier than usual.

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Dowd says it means “there will be a lot of wildlife activity in the coming spring season” because the babies are already being born and because he says the average litter sizes are usually larger earlier in the season.

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He adds that people have to be “very, very hardworking” to maintain their traits, as “you definitely don’t want a raccoon or a squirrel in your attic chewing electrical wires, trampling down insulation, urinating, draining “And causing noise and other harm.



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Dowd’s advice includes constantly checking your home, monitoring the roof, and making any necessary repairs.

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“Any loose clapboard or aluminum soffits should be properly secured,” he said. “Vents on your roof are like magnets for animals on colder nights, so these should be shielded, chimneys should be shielded.”

He also warns against providing unintended sources of food by throwing your trash “first thing in the morning, not the night before, as most homeowners do, when raccoons, skunks and opposums look for food.”

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Dowd says that when they are called to a house, their job includes evaluating the property to find out where wildlife can access and “what we need to do with that house to make it animal safe”.

He adds that the raccoons will then be humanly released on site to find alternative cave locations.

“If you relocate them, about 70 percent die and people don’t want to see a Burlington animal, a Burlington raccoon brought to their Hamilton neighborhood or vice versa,” Dowd said.

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