Living in a northern city with over 330 lakes and substantial forests means that encounters with wildlife are bound to happen. It is important to take action to reduce any potentially threatening encounters and to respect local wildlife.
Sick or Injured Wildlife
The City of Greater Sudbury does not rescue or rehabilitate wild animals but there are organizations that can help. Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre is provincially licensed as a wildlife rehabilitation centre. Veterinary professionals, trained volunteers and interns provide rehabilitation to a wide variety of animals.
You are not permitted to leave food on private or public properties to attract or feed wild animals, feral cats or strays, unless:
- You are an approved member of a rescue group working with the City of Greater Sudbury to manage feral cat colonies
- You are baiting a trap in accordance with the Fish and Wild Animal Conservation Act, 1997, S.O. 1997, c. 41 or in the course of your employment as a licensed trapper, licensed wildlife or pest control agency, Greater Sudbury Compliance and Enforcement Officer or Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Inspector
If you feed songbirds on your personal property you must:
- Place seed in a bird feeder and hang the feeder high enough to be out of reach of other animals
- Clean up seeds that are spilled on the ground and dispose of the seeds in a manner that discourages wild animals, feral cats and strays.
Preventing Pet and Wildlife Interactions
Take action to keep your dogs and cats safe and away from wildlife:
- Keep your pets on a leash and supervise pets when they are outside
- Make sure your dogs and cats have up-to-date rabies vaccinations. You must vaccinate all cats and dogs over the age of three months
- Do not feed or handle wildlife. Keep pet food indoors
- Never transport or relocate wildlife
- Store your garbage indoors until collection day
- Check roof vents and make sure your chimney is capped
- Repair holes and cracks in screens, walls and roof overhangs
- Block openings under porches, patios and sheds