Urban Wildlife

Skunks and Raccoons

The Striped Skunk is common in the City and will make its den under barns and porches. While skunks are omnivores, insects make up a large part of their diet and they will dig holes in lawns to uncover insects. In winter, skunks will go dormant, waking in late February or March.

Raccoons have adapted well to living in close proximity to humans and are very common in the City. They are active year round, except for very cold winters when they will go dormant. Like skunks, they are also omnivores and using their hand-like paws they can get into un-secure compost and waste bins.

Homeowners are responsible for ensuring that porches and outbuildings are secure from skunk and raccoon dens. For advice on how to minimize issues with skunks and raccoons on your property, get in touch with PEI Forest, Fish and Wildlife.

The City does provide a free service for the trapping of nuisance skunks and raccoons. Please call Public Works at 902-894-5208 or email city@charlottetown.ca to request this service.


Red Foxes are common on Prince Edward Island and have become regular inhabitants of Charlottetown. They are most commonly golden-red but can have a pure black, mixed or silver coat. Foxes are hunters and omnivores and will eat mice, rats, birds, as well as insects and berries. It is highly recommended that you do not feed foxes. Foxes rely on their hunting skills and pass these skills on to their young. Foxes that are fed regularly can become dependent on humans for survival. Remember, while foxes are beautiful they are still wild animals! For more information on foxes, click here.


Crows are also regular inhabitants of Charlottetown. They have been coming to the Victoria Park area to roost during the winter months for more than 100 years. Crows like urban areas because of the warmth, lack of predators, food supply and the lights. For more information on crows, click here.

For more information on urban wildlife, check out our fact sheets.