Wildlife Damage Management, Internet Center for


Date of this Version

December 1985


A preliminary investigation was initiated in 1984 to determine the feasibility of an urban rabies control strategy which involved capturing, vaccinating and releasing skunks and raccoons in metropolitan Toronto, Ontario. Results indicate urban skunks and raccoons are utilizing extremely small home ranges and their movements are not extensive. Trapping data suggested a large proportion of the population of skunks and raccoons in the study area were captured during the first 4 nights of trapping. Capture data also indicated the presence of new animals in the study areas between trapping periods. The 3 study areas, which differed in human land-use classification, supported different population levels of skunks and raccoons.