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Local Wildlife

We may not have the “big” wildlife on Montreal island, that you get elsewhere in Canada (moose and bears are pretty rare around here!), but the little ones still make their presence known.

Around Easter time we heard scratching in the attic above our bedroom. We got the local pest control guy out to check it out…only to find that a mama raccoon had smashed her way through the soffits into our attic and had made a nest for her babes. Mama was quite an aggressive raccoon by all accounts, and did not want to move. A tin or sardines didn’t work on her, and she even managed to smash her way from the one attic space into the other to move her nest to a “safer” place (at least it meant that we could sleep again at night).

In the end, a good old dose of loud rock music did the trick – apparently she’s not a fan of meatloaf! The next day, we found her moving her babes, one at a time, from our attic to the new nest she found elsewhere. Millie managed to video her taking one of the five away…if you click on the link underneath you can see her with it in it’s mouth:

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