Skunks and Raccoons
The Striped Skunk is common in the City and will make its den under barns and porches. While skunks are omnivores, insects make up a large part of their diet and they will dig holes in lawns to uncover insects. In winter, skunks will go dormant, waking in late February or March. Visit PEI Forests, Fish and Wildlife Striped Skunk page for more information.
Raccoons have adapted well to living in close proximity to humans and are very common in the City. They are active year round, except for very cold winters when they will go dormant. Like skunks, they are also omnivores and using their hand-like paws they can get into un-secure compost and waste bins. Visit PEI Forests, Fish and Wildlife Raccoon page for more information.
Homeowners are responsible for ensuring that porches and outbuildings are secure from skunk and raccoon dens. For advice on how to minimize issues with skunks on your property click here. For advice on how to minimize issues with raccoons on your property click here.
The City does provide a free service for the trapping of nuisance skunks and raccoons. Please call Public Works at 902-894-5208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request this service.