Decks and sheds provide a perfect home for many urban species. Any wild animal using a den during the spring and summer should be assumed to be a mother with babies, even if only one animal is seen. Be careful—you don’t want to orphan any babies in the den!

What kind of animal is it?

Before you decide how to fix the problem, you need to figure out what kind of animal you’re dealing with. Each species has a unique natural history and specific habits that will dictate how best to encourage them to move along.

To determine what type of animal is living in the space, monitor the area. Look and listen. What do you hear? When do you hear it—day? night? constantly or only sometimes? Look for clues like droppings, signs of chewing or scratching, or any tracks left behind. A thin coat of flour around the entry point can help you figure out the species by the paw prints.

If you’ve figured out what kind of animal you’re dealing with, see our page on common conflict situations. Still unsure?…

Call us for humane advice!

Once you have more details, call our wildlife hotline at 416-631-0662. Please note that during our busy season (May to October), we may not be able to respond to non-emergency calls.  You can also hire a wildlife removal company to help with humane removal.