The existence of wildlife in urban areas enriches our environment, bringing a little bit of nature to life in the city. Urban wildlife is part of life in Guelph where there are 1,000 hectares of parks and open space at our doorstep. With spring’s thaw, animals emerge from their winter slumber to forage for food.
Wildlife in your backyard?
- Refrain from feeding wildlife, including deer; animals quickly adapt to humans and become reliant on our hospitality.
- Make garbage inaccessible to wildlife; consider placing waste
at the curb on your collection morning instead of the night before, or in labelled cans with tight-fitting lids.
- Be cautious while driving. Animals are most active around sunrise and sunset. Obey posted speed limits — particularly on streets that pass through green space.
- Never corner or try to pick up any wild animal. They may bite when they feel threatened and they may have parasites or diseases that could be passed on to you or your pets. (Canadian Federation of Humane Societies)
- Wildlife is part of what makes Guelph beautiful, but if animals are causing a serious nuisance and you feel you must take action, contact a humane removal service.
In Ontario, there are laws that govern the killing, trapping, and relocation of animals. Killing, trapping, or removing animals during the birthing season is inhumane, and hazardous to people and animals. To learn more about coexisting with wildlife and for information about the safe, humane removal of wild animals, visit Canadian Federation of Humane Societies’
With information from the Ontario SPCA.
Here are a few helpful links from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
We have also collected a number of articles relating to city wildlife ranging from protecting your gardens and lawns to wildlife friendly driving.