Raccoons spotted fleeing demolition site

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TRURO - Downtown buildings that were demolished on Saturday were not as empty as many people believed.

Buildings around the corner of Prince and Dominion Streets were demolished on Saturday. Concern had been expressed about the buildings being a safety hazard and about their negative effect on business in the area. 

As excavators ripped material from dilapidated buildings located at 546 Prince St. (formerly Suckling and Chase florists) and 548 Prince St. (most recently used as an NDP campaign office) raccoons were seen fleeing the scene causing concern from some bystanders.

 “People often forget about the animals which might be living inside buildings like these,” said Helene VanDoninck, a veterinarian who runs the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. “The animals look for a warm, dark spot so there are ways to make a building unattractive to them before tearing it down. Noise, like loud talk radio, and spot and strobe lights usually get them to leave.”

She said that although raccoons usually have more than one spot to shelter, this is a bad time of year to destroy their shelter as they store food where they sleep. Because it has been so cold recently they would not have been very active and would not be moving quickly when demolition began, increasing the likelihood that they would be injured or killed.

“There are often birds living in abandoned buildings too,” said VanDoninck. “She recommends anyone planning to tear down a building should check for animals and use noise and lights to encourage them to move. The best time to do that is in the summer or fall, after any babies have gone.”



Organizations: Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

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  • Reality
    February 10, 2014 - 16:04

    While green space is nice...it does not bring in money or people, Victoria Park is the best green space we have! Let's worry about keeping businesses and government employers downtown and not let the downtown lose the new courthouse to Truro Heights...that is a lot of Downtown Truro shoppers and consumers that will no longer be doing lunch in our cafes, bistros, pubs and restaurants!! Come on people, don't wait for it to happen ask questions and make the decision makers be accountable for letting our Downtown dwindle!!!!

  • Truro Ranter
    February 10, 2014 - 10:55

    Really? The buildings have been on the verge of collapse, and risk to life and limb of the HUMANS that shop and work in our downtown, and we're worried about a couple of raccoons?!? Having had these delightful creatures nesting in our cottage roof, I, for one, am not saddened by their demise...as for the birds, well, one supposes they could fly away...seriously, let's get priorities in order here...besides, the raccoons AND the birds could easily relocate to any of the thousands of potholes in our quaint burgh...doesn't appear they're being filled with asphalt any time soon....

  • chief wiggam
    February 10, 2014 - 06:53

    how about a new apartment with parking on the first level? this would enable people to start living down town again and thus revitalizing business to serve those living there. this what i've been saying all along,we've got to tear down the garbage and replace the the rotten core.

    • Sid
      February 10, 2014 - 12:53

      I agree with Chief Wiggam. We need to revitalize. A mix of residential and business is what the answer is - not empty storefronts. Start with new living spaces and get people downtown; the business will follow when there is demand.

    February 09, 2014 - 15:06

    A quaint green space park with trees would be nice here. Hopefully not another parking lot.