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.
Sharing our spaces with wildlife means we have a responsibility to make sure we don't create situations that can cause conflict. The town works with the Oakville and Milton Humane Society and Coyote Watch Canada to inform residents how to co-exist with our wild neighbours and what we can all do to keep our neighbourhoods healthy. Our most recent information session was held on July 11 at Sir John Colborne Recreation Centre for Seniors.
There are a number of resources for reporting incidents with wildlife:
In the summer of 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) distributed oral rabies vaccine bait in eastern and southern Ontario, including Oakville, in an effort to prevent the disease from spreading through the raccoon, skunk and fox populations. There were no confirmed cases of rabies in Oakville this year.
Anyone who has been bitten or scratched by a wild animal should contact their local health unit, doctor or emergency department.
For more information, please visit the Ministry of Ontario's website or contact MNRF’s rabies information line at 1-888-574-6656.