Wildlife in the City

This past Monday, at 5:30 p.m., 2 large coyotes were spotted at the corner of Yonge Blvd. and Sandringham. The observer, who was walking their dog, noted “they did not seem scared and were just loping along”. Also noticed nearby was a pile of garbage bags that appeared to have been enjoyed by local wildlife. Please keep garbage and food waste in the bins provided by the City and manage excess garbage appropriately.

As a reminder feeding wildlife is prohibited and a first time offence can result in a fine of $365. While putting out garbage is not feeding animals, the contents may still attract wildlife.

Remember these tips:

  • Never feed coyotes
  • Do not approach coyotes, their dens or their young
  • Do not touch coyotes, even if they appear tame, sick or injured
  • Keep your dog on a leash
  • If you see a coyote, do not run but make some noise to scare it away
  • Dispose of garbage and waste before leaving parks

To report a coyote sighting, call 416-338-PAWS (7297), or email [email protected] or fill out an online form.

Removal of Dead Wildlife

The City is responsible for the removal and disposal of large dead animals on City property and assisting with disposal of dead animals found on private property.

The City works to remove dead animals as soon as possible, however the removal timelines may vary for a number of reasons including the prioritization of sick and injured animals, increased demand as animals become more active in warmer weather, and availability of Animal Care and Control Officers.

A service request for pick-up of a large dead animals (such as racoons and skunks) can be submitted online or by calling 311. Small dead animals (such as squirrels, mice, rats and birds) should be safely bagged and set out with regular garbage for collection.

Cadavers can also be brought to any Toronto Animal Services shelter for safe disposal.

Reminder to never touch a dead animal with bare hands. Always wear gloves or use a double plastic bag to handle dead animals and wash hands thoroughly after.