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Wildlife

As our community continues to grow, we expand into the natural territory of many wild animals. As they adapt to their environment, they can be found living in our backyards, in and under our sheds, porches, garages and decks.

Although we do not respond directly to wildlife concerns, we do provide information and reference to external services that would be able to assist.

The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is responsible for addressing wildlife related issues within the province of Ontario. The MNR typically only assigns priority to emergency situations.

Below you will find information on:

  • nuisance wildlife
  • sick, injured or orphaned wildlife
  • public health and rabies

Coyotes

Coyotes are common in and around Pickering. The following fact sheet includes information on the biology and awareness of coyotes.

Black Bears

Black bears live throughout most of Ontario, and although primarily inhabit forested areas, they will travel long distances if food is scarce making it possible for them to find their way to Pickering.

The Ministry of Natural Resources deals with calls regarding bears. They have a Bear Wise program intended to inform you on what you can do to keep bears away from urban and semi urban areas.

Fact sheets provided by the Ministry:

Nuisance Wildlife

As well as being illegal to relocate adult wild animals more than 1 km of where you found them, there are many drawbacks to trapping and relocating them:

  • The animal does not usually survive the relocation. When introduced to a new and unfamiliar area, a relocated animal has no idea where to find food, water or shelter, and has to contend with other wildlife defending the territory they already occupy.
  • There is a high risk of causing the orphaning of wild babies. The young of the relocated animal are often left behind, and by the time the babies are found, there is no way to re-unite them with their mother who has been relocated to another area.
  • It encourages the spread of diseases such as rabies.

Ontario SPCA has a variety of fact sheets specific to animals, as well as human-wildlife issues.

Please see the private wildlife removal company fact sheet for information on seeking private professional services.

Sick, Injured or Orphaned Wildlife

A wild animal usually has a higher chance of survival if left alone. If you feel the animal requires medical treatment contact a wildlife custodian for further assistance:

Public Health and Rabies

Rabies is an infectious disease that is caused by a virus distributed through various mammals, including wild and domestic animals. The rabies virus is spread from either animal to animal or animal to human through the saliva of an infected animal i.e. bites, scratches, licks on broken skin.

Please see our reporting a dog bite section for information on who to contact if this occurs.

Information on rabies provided by the Ministry of Natural Resources: