An East Vancouver woman is raising a stink after a pest control company released skunks in her neighbourhood park.
Meredith Adler has lived in an apartment near Hastings and Nanaimo for about four years, and says the area is plagued by a higher than average population of skunks, but didn’t think much about it until recently.
That was, until she spotted a employees of a pest control company releasing some of the stinky critters into Pandora Park.
“It’s very frustrating that they’re taking pests from somewhere that can afford to pay for them to be removed and moving them to our neighbourhood rather than just putting in a little more effort and taking the skunks 15 minutes down the road to a proper forest.”
Adler says her dog has been sprayed a number of times, so she called the company to complain but was told there’s nothing illegal about what the technicians were doing.
“There’s five or six skunk families around that park. So now that I saw them there, I do wonder if our increasing skunk population actually has to do with jsut the standard practice of releasing skunks into that area.”
But Chris Ashby, owner of Local Pest Control, the company in question, says that’s simply not the case.
He admits that skunks and raccoons are sometimes released into urban parks, but estimates that happens in “1% of the cases.”
“We really try, I don’t know what happened in this incident, but we really try and do them in a wild area, I know a lot of people do it in Stanley Park, we try and do it in the endowment lands, and go out to the Fraser Valley, that sort of thing. But if the animal is not doing well, or something’s going on… if there was some reason they had to be released immediately he would have tried to find a naturally forested area and let them out there.”
The city of Vancouver says it has no rules around the practice, but that it’s keeping an eye on the situation.