Councillors may be an endangered species on the second floor of Toronto City Hall now that summer is in full swing but in the absence of the politicos, some critters are moving in on their turf.
Raccoons have been spotted in the second-floor ceiling over some councillors' offices.
City spokesman Kazia Fraser said an unidentified noise was heard Wednesday and that a trap was put out as a precaution.
"At this time nothing further has been reported nor has anything been trapped," she said.
Fraser said from time to time the raccoons show up at City Hall.
"Raccoons have been known to crawl up above the ceiling slats around the perimeter of the building. On rare occasion they make their way into the actual building spaces on the second floor," she said in an e-mail Thursday.
"This tends to occur more frequently when the seasons are changing. The construction on the square may also be a contributing factor."
On advice from animal control, the city traps the critters.
"We use cages that trap the raccoons safely and remove it off-site the same day," Fraser said. "We also check the outside of the perimeter walls for any openings so they do not get into the office spaces. Once the raccoon is removed from the area we close up any openings if found."
City Hall has had its share of pest problems in the past.
Last fall, city workers killed a "rather large" rat in budget chief Mike Del Grande's office.