Police and wildlife agents spent hours tracking a wild deer through Parc-ex this morning, before managing to corner it in a fenced in area near a train yard in Outremont. It was tranqued and released near Farnham in the Eastern Townships. Wildlife officers speculated that the deer, a young male in heat, swam across the river from Laval in search of a mate. La Presse comments that the cops camo pants, worn a union pressure tactic, were unusually a propos.
In other news, a dog was mortally wounded by a beaver trap on Ile-des soeurs last week. The borough of Verdun issued an apology, stating that officials had not been advised that the private firm they hired to lay the traps had switched from catch-and-release cages to more deadly trapping methods, after a change in provincial policy. Four such traps were placed on Ile des Soeurs by “a professional trapper who specializes in this kind of intervention,” but have been recalled following the dog’s death.
The borough is attempting to control the local beaver population in order to counter the supposedly devastating effects of the animals on the island’s trees.