Feeding wildlife in Toronto about to be prohibited

feeding wildlife in toronto about to be prohibited

Feeding wildlife in Toronto about to be prohibited

Don’t feed the critters because bylaw changes are coming that make it illegal.

On April 1, new regulations under Chapter 349, Animals Bylaw prohibiting people from feeding wildlife on private and public properties of the city take effect. They were passed by city council last July to protect both residents and wildlife.

“Feeding wild animals changes their natural instincts and may increase their presence and tolerance of people, creating problems for both wildlife and Toronto communities,” the City of Toronto said in a release as it begins a public education campaign about the new rule.

“When food is left out for animals, it can attract other animals such as mice, rats, squirrels and raccoons which in return can attract other larger predators. Feeding birds may encourage large flocks to roost or perch nearby, creating unsanitary conditions and potentially spreading diseases such as avian flu among large bird populations.”

The new regulations allow people to feed songbirds on their property in a sanitary condition to not attract other wildlife.

Recently there has been an increase in negative interactions involving people and wildlife in Toronto.

The city wants people to properly dispose of food and garbage, avoid leaving pet food outside, and refrain from luring wild animals for a photo.

If you see someone feeding wildlife after April 1, the city advises to contact 311.

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