Encourage residents to co-exist with urban wildlife
A majority of wildlife removal or "pest control" companies do not use ethical practices and leave people to believe that harmless species are a "nuisance" or that they "don't belong in cities".
I think many residents would like to have a reliable and humane way of handling their wildlife issues around the home and to know that their city promotes the humane treatment of all animals.
Having resources on the City's website and referrals to humane wildlife removal companies would help educate people on the proper way to co-exist with the animals we encroached on.
Thank you to everyone for your support on this issue! Hopefully, with this feedback, the City will consider regulating the local removal services and enforcing humane and ethical practices. Additionally, that they will only allow removal if absolutely necessary.
For sick and injured wildlife, you can access a list of all wildlife rehabilitators in Ontario here: http://www.ontariowildliferescue.ca/wildlifecentres/
Comment from Oct 27th - too funny!
Linda Earley-Wait commented
I agree with this suggestion. I also think people need a fast and reliable way to access animal control and help for injured or mistreated creatures.
Dieter Mueller commented
It's truly wonderful to see wildlife in the city no matter of what kind, variety or size.
However, residents ought to allow wildlife to remain wild...do not feed them, or offer food via garbage & refuse.
Ken Anderson commented
Ive tried reaching out to the mayors office about a better environmental plan going forward, meh responses received
I think that is a great idea. As for the "nuisance" factor...it depends on how you look at it. The nuisance is "us" taking up natural habitat the animals are living in and wonder why they are encroaching on our properties. Of course, that does not resolve the problem so any reliable information on this would be beneficial for both.
sean alten commented
Do the right thing. The humane thing.