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Cat and Skunk Trap Season OPEN

Cat and Skunk Trap Rentals

Live cat and skunk traps are available for rent to residents of the City of Winnipeg.

Traps can be rented from the Animal Services Agency at 1057 Logan Avenue (business hours) from April through October, weather dependant. A rental fee and refundable deposit are assessed for each 5-day rental period.

Detailed operating instructions are provided at the time of rental.  Renter must agree to the following conditions prior to receiving the trap:

  • Trap can only be placed on the renter's property and must be secured against theft;
  • Trap must be set in a shaded and sheltered area out of public view;
  • Trap must be removed from use in severe weather conditions;
  • Trap must be checked at least once in every eight (8) hour period;
  • Any other animal inadvertently caught in the trap must be released in a safe and humane fashion;
  • Trap must be returned to the Animal Services Agency, 1057 Logan Avenue, by the close of business on the date stated in the agreement;
  • Trap must be returned in the same condition it was rented, i.e. clean and in working condition;
  • Animal Services Agency Officers may enter your property at any time during the rental period to ensure the agreement is complied with.

Additional information on Cat Trap Rentals

  • Trapped cats must be brought to the Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, as soon as possible within twelve (12) hours of the animal being trapped.
  • Any trapped cat that appears ill or injured be taken to a veterinarian clinic immediately and then you must call 311 to notify the Animal Services Agency.
  • Cat traps are not designed to trap a skunk. The cat trap must be placed approximately 18 inches above the ground to avoid trapping a skunk. If a skunk is trapped, call the Animal Services Agency at 311. The result of catching a skunk in a cat trap is that the refundable deposit will not be refunded.

Additional information on Skunk Trap Rentals

  • Rental fee includes the pickup and disposal of all skunks trapped during the rental period.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I prevent conflict with wildlife on my property?
  • It is important that you wildlife proof your home. Animals such as raccoons, skunks, rabbits, and squirrels need shelter, food, and water to survive. If you have gaps below a deck, porch, storage shed, or home; these spaces could provide shelter for wildlife. Fencing, lattice, wire, and patching products can be used to seal and minimize shelter opportunities for wildlife. Of course, be certain no wildlife is present before you seal an area. Food sources such as overflowing garbage cans, improperly stored food, and even birdfeeders can attract wildlife.
Why can't I trap cats and skunks during the winter?
  • Animals can freeze if the trap isn't properly monitored so as a safety precaution the trapping programs do not run during the cold months.
Why can't an Animal Services Agency Officer come and catch the cats?
  • The Animal Services Agency does not provide the service of catching stray cats.
What do I do with the cat once I trap it? Can I get rid of it any way I want?
  • All cats trapped by agreement with the City of Winnipeg must be taken to the Winnipeg Humane Society at 45 Hurst Way.
What do you do with the skunks after they are trapped?
  • Trapped skunks are humanely euthanized.
Can I use my own trap and have you come and get rid of the skunk for me?
  • The Animal Services Agency only deals with skunks trapped in City of Winnipeg traps. Contact an exterminator if you have trapped a skunk in your own trap.
There is a skunk out during the day. What should I do about it?
  • Skunks generally are not active during day light hours. You should report any skunk acting abnormally to 311.
A skunk attacked my dog. What should I do?
  • If you have concerns about the health of your family pet, you should contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.
What do I do about problem skunks or cats outside of trapping season?
  • You can contact an exterminator who may offer this service.
I don't want to rent a trap from the City of Winnipeg. What else can I do?
  • You can contact an exterminator who may offer this service.
Do you rent any other kinds of traps, like squirrel traps, rabbit traps, raccoon traps, dog traps?
  • No - the Animal Services Agency only rents out skunk and cat traps.
I live outside of Winnipeg. Can I rent a trap from you?
  • No - the Animal Services Agency traps are only available to citizens of Winnipeg and must be used within the City of Winnipeg.
How does the trap work?
  • You will be given verbal instructions and a hands-on demonstration when you pick up the trap.

    Basic instructions:
    • Bait the trap with something that attracts the animal intended for the trap. For cats we suggest tuna, salmon, sardines, etc. For skunks, we suggest raw bacon or sardines.
    • Place the bait at the end of the trap and set the trap as instructed.
    • Cat traps must be placed approximately 18 inches above the ground to avoid trapping a skunk. If a skunk is trapped in a cat trap, call the Animal Services Agency at 311. The result of catching a skunk in a cat trap is that the refundable deposit will not be refunded.
Last update: August 10, 2016