Wildlife in the City
By: Faith R. | SOS Wildlife Control Inc.
Wildlife is all around us and we are fortunate to be able to see and appreciate them every once in a while – whether it be a squirrel scurrying up a tree or a raccoon washing fruit by the water. They are always a delightful sight to see from a far, but sometimes, they get a little closer than some people like. For years, we have existed with wildlife not too far away leading their own lives and doing what is necessary for survival but as urbanization continues, and wildlife populations grow, so does the concern for some, that they might actually be getting too close.
Wildlife in the city has been an on-going alarming topic for many years. Raccoons are getting into people’s trash bins, their attics or their garages and people are becoming nervous. One of the contributing factors to this influx of wildlife here is deforestation. When deforestation occurs, the homes of animals are destroyed leaving them with no choice but to leave. Wildlife are being driven from their natural habitat and forced to adapt into our man-made environments and adjust their way of living in order to survive. Unfortunately, this means that we are faced with more and more wildlife cases in our homes.
This leaves us with the question of how to co-exist peacefully with wildlife in the city?
There are definitely boundaries when it comes to wildlife approaching us and our properties. Similar to how some wildlife show territorial behavior when too near, we don’t want wildlife on our rooftops. A good way on maintaining boundaries is to not disturb the other. If you see a raccoon minding their own business, don’t go out of your way to chase it out and definitely don’t injure the animal. If the animal is not on private property, and is not a risk to yourself or others, it is best to leave it alone especially if they have young nearby.
In the case where wildlife is on your property, its best for you to call for a professional who will assist you in removing the animal. To continuously prevent wildlife on your property, it’s recommended to take wildlife prevention action, so if they are getting too close for comfort, you can at least be confident that the animals won’t get into the building.
Ontario is filled with all sorts of wildlife who are facing their own challenges in addition to the destruction of their habitats. Therefore, during encounters with wildlife, it is important to be mindful of their well-being and to treat them with respect. Wildlife are not simply invading our space with harmful intentions, but are forced to be doing what they do as a means for survival, a means for shelter and a means for food.
If wildlife is on your property, do not harm the animal to get rid of it but instead, called a trained professional who practices humane wildlife removal methods. If you see injured wildlife, or orphaned wildlife, call a wildlife rehabilitation center right away so that they can give the animal the help that it needs because wildlife should be respected as another resident to the planet that we all share.