Wildlife & Biodiversity
Oakville residents are fortunate to live in one of the most biodiverse areas in Ontario with over 900 different species of plants, 185 types of birds, 30 species of amphibians and reptiles, 29 mammals and 58 different kinds of fish. The town has a number of programs and services in place to protect and enhance these resources, including its Wildlife Management Strategy, an online coyote reporting system, a Biodiversity page and information on wildlife proofing your property.
Wildlife proofing your property
While it can be frustrating when wildlife gets into gardens or homes, animals are simply seeking out food or shelter and if there is a suitable location, eventually they will find it. While private property issues are the responsibility of the property owner, the town offers a number of resources to help in preventing and resolving conflict situations. To learn more and access resources such as a wildlife proofing property checklist and tips on finding a humane wildlife control company, visit our wildlife proofing your property page.
Reporting wildlife encounters
There are a number of resources for reporting incidents with wildlife:
- An encounter with a coyote, observed feeding of coyotes by people or overflowing organic waste materials on public property: Report information to the town's online coyote reporting system.
- For reptiles and amphibians (turtles, snakes, frogs) along the side of the road please report observations to Conservation Halton's online Road Ecology Survey.
- To report dead wildlife beside or on a roadway visit the Oakville and Milton Humane Society website for details. You are also encouraged to report information to the Ontario Road Ecology Group who tracks this data in their efforts to improve road safety for wildlife.
- For reporting dead wildlife on private property, generally, removal of animals is the responsibility of the property owner, however, if a dead bat is found please contact the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre at 1-866-673-4781.
For more information, please read the June 15, 2012 media release from Conservation Halton.
Learn more about the species in our area by joining a naturalists' club –– check out the South Peel Naturalists’ Club
- Plant trees with Ground Breakers (with OakvilleGreen)
- Get involved with one of the many monitoring programs available. Some organizations will also provide training. Contact Conservation Halton or Bird Studies Canada to learn more.