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Wildlife

Squirrel

Our community is full of wildlife, from birds and reptiles, to fish and mammals. It is important to enjoy wild animals from a safe distance - do not approach or touch them.

Tips for living with wildlife:

  • Do not feed any wildlife, including raccoons, deer and rabbits (it only takes one person feeding wild animals to cause a problem for an entire neighbourhood)
  • Keep your garbage in sealed containers
  • Never compost meat or any other animal products in outside composters
  • Keep all food inside your home
  • Do not leave your pets outside by themselves
  • Keep your birdfeeders clean so that bacteria and mould do not grow in them

If you are concerned about what you think might be sick, injured or orphaned wildlife please consult the Ministry of Natural Resources website or contact the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Guelph District by calling 519-826-4955 and selecting option 3 or by e-mailing nrisc@ontario.ca. 

Coyotes

Coyote sightings are becoming a common sight in urban areas across southern Ontario due to the expansion of neighbourhoods into former green space that was once coyote habitat. Residents are advised, that when walking their dogs, exercise caution when using woodlots as awareness is key to prevention of incidents. Dogs should be kept on leashes and under control. Domestic dogs are a threat to coyotes and some smaller dogs and cats are the same size as a coyote's regular food supply. 

Coyotes have adapted well to city life and are actually beneficial and important as they help control the small animal population in urban centres. Coyotes, generally, don't pose a common threat to humans, but understanding and respecting this wild animal will avoid problems. 

If a resident encounters a coyote, he/she should remain calm and slowly back away while giving the animal enough space to escape. Concerns about abnormal coyote behavior should be reported to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Guelph District by calling 519-826-4955 and selecting option 3 or by e-mailing nrisc@ontario.ca. Abnormal behaviour would include fluid or saliva from the nose and mouth, obvious confusion and/or unwarranted aggression. Please call 911 if someone is in immediate danger. 

The Ministry of Natural Resources website  and the Coyote Watch Canada website have more information about living with coyotes. Visit the Province of Ontario's website for information regarding the do's and don'ts of feeding wild animals and for information on preventing conflicts with wildlife.