Urban areas provide excellent habitats for wildlife like rats and raccoons to survive and thrive. Many of these pests are active at night and generally avoid contact with people.

Rodents

RatThe fact sheet - Pest Control - Dealing with Rodents will help you reduce pests on your property.

If the matter is a property standards situation, please contact the Town to have the issue logged and investigated. For more information on how to control pests, visit our Garbage and Recycling page.

Wildlife

Many people enjoy birds that visit their gardens, bats consume millions of mosquitoes, and coyotes eat mice and rats. However, conflicts can arise when humans encroach on wildlife habitat and wild animals behave in ways that damage our property, cost us money, or endanger our health or safety.

For more information about managing and protecting plants, animals, land, water, forests and other ecosystems, visit the Province of Ontario's Wildlife and Nature webpage.

Coyotes and Foxes in Urban Areas

CoyoteLearn how you can avoid attracting coyotes and foxes to your property, and how to protect pets and livestock. Visit the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry's webpage about Preventing and Managing Conflicts with Coyotes, Wolves and Foxes.

The following documents have been prepared by the Government of Ontario and will give you some more information about coyotes.

The Nature of Coyotes (PDF)

Coyote-proofing your Property (PDF)

Encounters with Coyotes (PDF)

Predation and Compensation (PDF)

Protecting Dogs from Coyotes (PDF)

Wildlife and Protecting Your Property (PDF)