Wild animals share our territory and our roads!
Spreading over a mostly wooded area of 67 km², the Town of Saint-Lazare is far from being a big city centre or a West Island suburb. The large woodlands and wetlands on our territory are home to a diversity of flora and fauna which help keep our environment healthy and balanced. It is therefore quite normal to occasionally see deer, coyotes, foxes, racoons, skunks, fishers and even moose or bears. Although generally secretive, these animals sometimes end up in our residential neighbourhoods, which is a great opportunity for us to see them up close. Some of them are predators whose favourite preys are rodents and pets running loose. They are most active from dusk to dawn and pets should be kept indoors or in a secure pen at night. The wild animals who visit our neighbourhoods are usually only looking for food so there is no need to be alarmed. In fact, because of their valuable contribution to the ecological balance, they are an important part of our region’s wealth.
Be alert and slow down to give them a chance
In Canada, collisions with wildlife represent approximately 1.6% of all collisions (this proportion is considerably higher on busy roads running through wooded areas). Since Saint-Lazare has many wooded areas, it is not uncommon to see animals along our roads, unaware of the danger. The Town of Saint-Lazare is asking residents to use caution, particularly at dusk and at dawn when visibility is poor, to reduce the number of collisions with both wild and domestic animals. And this way, you will also be keeping an eye out for pedestrians!
Tips for living with wildlife
- Never feed stray or wild animals to avoid making them dependant on humans and altering their behaviour.
- Do not leave pet food outside the house and make your bird feeder inaccessible to other species.
- Remove brush piles, wood piles and stacked lumber which could be used as shelter. Close off the space under your balcony or tool shed with chicken wire to keep skunks and groundhogs at bay.
- Equip your garbage containers with lids to avoid attracting animals.
- Keep your cats indoors or do not let them out at dusk or at dawn.
Wild animals are part of nature. For additional information, contact the Saint-Lazare Green Line at 450 424-8000, extension 248.