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The City of Sherbrooke is known for its hilly terrain. At heights of 120 and 180 metres, the peaks of mounts Bellevue and J-S Bourque dominate the landscape and are key features in the city’s largest park. This park is visited by many. The Université de Sherbrooke occupies part of it and the city operates sports facilities in a section of it. You can observe wildlife while hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or downhill skiing.

Article on the problem of giant slugs from Sherbrooke’s La Tribune newspaper.
The City of Sherbrooke attacks giant slugs
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Published April 20, 2009 at 6:34 a.m. | Updated April 20, 2009 at 6:36 a.m.

The City of Sherbrooke attacks giant slugs

The City of Sherbrooke wants to find solutions to the spread of giant slugs


La Tribune

(SHERBROOKE) The City of Sherbrooke has taken concrete measures to find solutions to the spread of giant slugs. For more than a decade, residents of the Borough of Mont-Bellevue have seen these little creatures appear by the dozens on their properties, but the problem has been getting worse in recent years.

“The City of Sherbrooke has allocated an amount of $12 000 to a specialized firm to study this phenomenon in the city. This study will then allow us to determine the control measures to be implemented to counter the annual invasion on residential property.

We need these slugs to remain in the mountain’s terrain, and not spread towards the residences in the university sector and the former town of Ascot,” explained Jean-François Rouleau, city councillor for the Mont-Bellevue district.

The councillor is pleased that there will be progress on the issue this summer. “It is time for us to take action!” The study will be carried out over the summer. The problem could then be dealt with by 2010.

Last year, these giant slugs measured up to 20 centimetres in length. On some streets, like Montante, dozens of the creatures could be found in yards, basements, even in the middle of the street where it was impossible to drive a car without running over some of them.

These black slugs, properly called Arion ater, are not a part of Quebec’s indigenous wildlife. They were accidentally imported from Europe in wooden crates that were sent to the Université de Sherbrooke.


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