Vaudreuil-Dorion has a growing population — of foxes

Mayor assures the public the surplus foxes won't be culled

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The fox population in Vaudreuil-Dorion is the subject of much debate in the off-island town.

Some residents are wondering if they pose any kind of threat to locals. Others fret that the town is going to destroy the foxes.

The mayor, meanwhile, is trying to keep everyone calm.

Guy Pilon says the foxes won't be culled, unless they are noticeably sick or ailing.

They may be trapped and released elsewhere, but that's as far the town will go.

The mayor blames a poorly-worded Facebook post for fanning fears that the town is planning to exterminate the foxes.

"[We never considered] killing a fox. We want to catch them," he says. "But the term we used ["pièger"] maybe brought some confusion about what the town wants to do."

Pilon says the town is considering hiring a trapper, but according to provincial regulations nothing can be done before late trapping season opens in October.

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  1. Arielle posted on 07/16/2014 06:46 PM
    Foxeas are extremely territorial. Relocating them IS a "death sentence".
    They eat mice, rats, gophers... Which is all over vaudreuil due to all the construction and new developments. Where their food goes they follow.
    We already forced them to relocatre by destroying their natural habitat. It really saddens me to see people fear the unknown.
  2. Grace posted on 07/17/2014 09:38 AM
    We have a family of fox that live near our office building and they never bother us. We have seen the mother in the parking lot before because she uses it to cross to the back road, but never comes close to people. As Arielle commented, fox are VERY territorial; if the city moves them somewhere with an existing fox population, the weaker will be killed. They should just leave them alone and encourage people to make sure their garbage cans have secure lids to discourage foraging in trash.
  3. Mrmopartech posted on 07/18/2014 11:26 PM
    if people think they are not going to see wildlife out here after moving 30+KM from the center of montreal,to a area that is ALL FOREST&WOODS,wake up people.I have lived in St.Lazare for some 25 years,if you can,t get along with a few animals,like rabbits,scunks,goffers,deer,etc then pack up your crap and move back to the west island,before a chipmunk sits back on it,s rear legs and hisses at you,I,am scared,mrmopartech
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