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- October 16th, 2015 How Torontonians can co-exist with raccoons
- July 22nd, 2015 Durham Region - Humane ways to avoid conflict with wildlife in Durham
- July 15th, 2015 Yahoo News - City dwellers must co-exist with urban wildlife, experts say
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- May 14th, 2015 Toronto Star - Humans not raccoons are the problem
- April 6th, 2015 CTV - Tips for keeping your home critter free
- April 6th, 2015 Global News - Toronto considering raccoon-resistant green bins
- April 6th, 2015 Newstalk 1010 - Raccoon-proof green bins & expanded blue bins on this week's city agenda
- September 20th, 2014 Inside Toronto - Company helps Scarborough senior solve raccoon problem at no cost
- August 18th, 2014 National Post - Rob Ford makes a new enemy, says he has been in 'standoffs' with fearless raccoons outside his home
- September 26, 2013 PCT Magazine - Humane Urban Wildlife Management: What Does it Really Mean?
- July 25th, 2013 The Star - Racoons: Everything you always wanted to know about them but were too busy cleaning up their mess to ask
- March 8th, 2013 The Star - Trapped Cat Survives Between Floor and Ceiling For 11 Days
- Winter 2012 Condominium Manager Magazine - Protecting Your Green Image
- December 12th, 2011 AAA Gates' Wildlife Control - Choose a Wildlife Control Company Carefully
- October 1st, 2011 The National Post - Toronto's flourishing fauna
- September 23rd, 2011 The Toronto Star - Wildlife vs. the city: Can't we get along?
- August 21st, 2011 AAA Gates' Wildlife Control - Nuisance Wildlife and Municipal Animal Services
- June 8th, 2011 The Grid - All creatures great and small
- May 20, 2011 Toronto Sun - Three albino baby raccoons found
- February 10th, 2011 AAA Gates' Wildlife Control - The Reprecussions of Live Trapping Wildlife
- November 17th, 2010 Eye Weekly - Pop-up possums! Everything you need to know about Toronto's newest immigrants
- September 28th, 2010 AAA Gates' Wildlife Control - Humane Bat Removal
- October 2010 Green Condos - A Guide for Choosing an Ethical and Humane Wildlife Control Company
- Summer 2010 Toronto Life Magazine - Gates' Wildlife Control Voted Best in the City
- July 2nd, 2010 Globe and Mail - The 'Wild West' of wildlife control
- June 15th, 2010 ACMO Tech - Solving Wildlife Problems: Challenges Confronting Property Managers
- May 6th, 2010 The Record - Raccoon in attic led to Kitchener blaze
- February 2nd, 2010 The Toronto Star - City's Coyotes Popping Up Again
- January 14th, 2010 Newmarket Era - Lone coyote roaming around Glenway club
- May 11th, 2009 City TV News - Wildlife Crew Finds Rare Albino Raccoon At Contruction Site
- March 30th, 2009 City TV News - Creature Comforts How To Stop Wildlife From Invading Your Property
- February 24th, 2009 The Toronto Star - Coyote attacks prompt city to take action
- April 24th, 2008 City TV News - Raccoon Fatally Injured After Leg Caught In Barbaric Trap
- August 20th, 2007 City TV News - Raccoon Sways Lamp Post, Crowd
Protecting Your Green Image
Condominium Manager Magazine, Winter 2012By Brad Gates, BSc
Property managers have a multitude of business and property-related responsibilities to fulfill in an efficient and timely manner . Added pressure results when anxious property owners or tenants call looking for an immediate solution to a wildlife problem. The caller's need for quick resolve is fuelled by their heightened stress envisioning damage to shingles, insulation, wires and fearing for the family's health and safety.
Of all the service providers a property manager will need to hire to keep the premises in good repair , making a snap decision in contracting a wildlife removal company can be most detrimental to the property management's image. When animals are mistreated in today's society, intentionally or otherwise, both the public and the media are often unforgiving and become very outspoken. Therefore, selecting a wildlife control company should not be a hit-and-miss approach, but one of careful consideration as to humaneness and overall reputation.
In Ontario, wildlife is suffering at the hands of wildlife control operators each and every day. Since this industry does not require a government licence, any newcomer wishing to start a removal company can do so, even though they lack the fundamentals of wildlife biology, behaviour and technical know-how.
Property managers should not ignore the fact that in any given year 25% of wildlife control operators will go out of business, thus increasing the likelihood of hiring a "fly-by-night" company. It follows that past customers of these now defunct businesses have no recourse when it comes to unfulfilled service contracts and warrantees. As well, having to hire another company to perform the removal is both time consuming and costly. Wildlife operators are fully responsible for the lives of the animals they were hired to remove. However, it is of great concern that many animals are victimized due to the use of devices that cause pain, suffering and even death. Also, monitoring the removal process is often infrequent, haphazard or not carried out, resulting in animals being imprisoned in the attic and / or separated from their offspring.
Trapping and Relocating
In recent years, trapping and relocating has made a comeback, despite its many serious consequences:
- Animals injure themselves in their relentless attempt to escape the trap
- Animals die of stress caused by being confined in a trap
- Animals die of exposure caused by adverse weather conditions
- Animals' offspring die of starvation after mother animal is relocated
- Animal relocation accelerates the spread of infectious diseases
- Animals die due to inconsistent monitoring or outright neglect
How to Protect Your Green Image?
Finding a wildlife removal company that is customer oriented, health and safety concerned and humane can be a difficult undertaking. At face value most wildlife removal companies present themselves on websites, print ads and on the phone to be professional operators. Yet, their degree of competence and their definition of humaneness vary considerably.
To overcome this challenging dilemma a property manager is well advised to rely on referrals from animal-related organizations, such as humane societies, wildlife rehabilitators and municipal animal services. Over the years, these organizations have accumulated a wealth of knowledge about the companies that have held their customers and the lives of animals in high regard.
Of importance is reviewing documentation that the company under consideration has sufficient liability insurance along with Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) coverage for their employees. Because of the risky nature of using ladders and working at heights the property manager should also ensure that all employees have been properly trained. To exercise due diligence in this regard, a copy of the company's health and safety training manual should be requested.
Years in the wildlife business and the size of the operation are further points to be concerned with. Years in the business should not be equated with years in the pest control business, since controlling insects is very different than controlling wildlife. As to the size of the operation, only companies with sufficient staff and resources will be able to safeguard the lives of animals and to meet customer expectations. Humane wildlife control is labour intensive as it requires frequent follow-ups of the work in progress. Small sized operations often take on too much new work in the spring, finding it difficult to effectively follow-up on their work.