Save Foxes from Cruel Trapping


Target: Guy Pilon, Mayor of Vaudreuil-Dorion

Goal: Save foxes from being unnecessarily trapped

The town of Vaudreuil-Dorion in Quebec  is considering hiring trappers to remove foxes in response to complaints by some residents about a perceived danger from foxes to both humans and pets in the area. This is a gratuitously strong reaction to the presence of foxes.

There has been only one incident so far in Vaudreuil-Dorion of a fox attacking a pet, and there are a large number of Vaudreuil-Dorion citizens who don’t believe hiring a trapper will be necessary. A local trapper has gone on record stating that the foxes will likely be of no danger to the people or pets of Vaudreuil-Dorion. According to the trapper, foxes in urban areas have adapted to cohabitate well with humans. Also, foxes historically do not go out of their way to attack humans or to put themselves in a position where they might become hurt.

Even if the city decides that it should begin trapping foxes, it would have to wait until the legal trapping season begins in October. Considering all of this, we need to let the city of Vaudreuil-Dorion know that it is not okay to jump to the conclusion of hiring trappers to deal with the increased number of foxes in their area.

By signing this petition below, you will urge Mayor of Vaudreuil-Dorion Guy Pilon to consider other options before hiring trappers to deal with the fox issue.


Dear Mayor Pilon,

As you are surely aware, Vaudreuil-Dorion has had a large increase in its fox population recently. In response to citizen complaints, I understand that you are considering hiring trappers to deal with this fox situation. This is a gratuitous reaction to one fox-related incident, and it would not be a good choice for your town or for the foxes.

According to a local trapping expert, foxes rarely attack humans or their pets and, in urban areas, have adapted to cohabitate incredibly well with humans. Also, if you make the decision to hire trappers you will have to wait until trapping season begins in October. I hope you see that this plan is not good in the short term or the long term.

I urge you, as Mayor of Vaudreuil-Dorion, to consider other options before hiring trappers to deal with your fox issue.  Please use all of your political influence to ensure that the best, most well informed decision is made.


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  1. Cecily Colloby. says:

    My sentiments exactly, Marcia Shiel. You took the words right out of my mouth! Well said!

  2. KatWrangler says:

    Again – the first solution man comes up with is killing. Leave the foxes alone – they won’t hurt anyone. Monitor the situation and take non-lethal steps if is becomes necessary.
    We live near a large park and foxes are frequent visitors in our neighborhood – quite a sight in a city. They take one look at us and run in the other direction. Crazy like a fox, eh.

  3. Emily March says:

    Foxes have been pictured as smart since medieval times… Once again, humans are the stupid party; and by far the most cruel!

  4. Patricia Dumais says:

    This is over reaction to a non problem! Removing the foxes will just upset the ecological balance of the area. Listen to reason — this is an isolated incident — leave the foxes alone!

  5. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    Here’s what you do: When ignorant residents of your town come to you with an ignorant request, pretend to listen to them by nodding occasionally and then don’t act on the request because it’s ignorant. Leave the foxes alone. Surely you could use that money for an actual problem.

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