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Wildlife

Township staff are not equipped or trained to deal with wild animals such as bears. This responsibility lies with the Ministry of Natural Resources or in emergency situations, the Ontario Provincial Police.

Bears

Bear Sightings - Emergency
Call 911 or your local police, if you feel a bear poses an immediate threat to personal safety and:
  • Enters a school yard when school is in session
  • Enters or tries to enter a residence
  • Wanders into a public gathering
  • Kills livestock/pets and lingers at the site
  • Stalks people and lingers at the site
Generally, bears want to avoid humans. Most encounters are not aggressive and attacks are rare.

Bear Sightings - Non-Emergency
Call the Bear Wise reporting line at 1-866-514-2327 (between April 1 and November 30) if a bear is:
  • Roaming around, checking garbage cans
  • Breaking into a shed where garbage or food is stored
  • In a tree
  • Pulling down a bird feeder or knocking over a barbecue
  • Moving through a backyard or field but is not lingering

From December 1 to March 31, please contact your local Ministry of Natural Resources District Office at 705-725-7515.

All Other Wildlife Inquiries

  • Wildlife on private property; the Township of Springwater does not remove wildlife from private property. Property owners should contact a licensed pest control service to assist with the removal of wildlife.
  • The Township of Springwater strongly discourages feeding wildlife due to threats to the animals and people/property as outlined below:

  • Threats to Wildlife
    • Animals can become dependent on artificial food sources.
    • Animals can lose their natural fear of humans and pets, becoming more prone to conflict.
    • Artificial feed is not healthy for wildlife.
    • Wild animals may gather in large numbers when they are being fed - this concentration of animals in one area can spread parasites and disease and cause destruction of natural habitat.
    • Feeding animals near roads increases their risk of being hit by vehicles.

    Threats to People
    • Feeding wildlife may attract 'unwanted' animals to your property.
    • Animals will learn to associate humans with food and can become a problem to neighbours
    • Habituated animals can become aggressive
    • Feeding animals near roads increases the risk of motor vehicle collisions, resulting in property damage, injury or death.

  • If a wild animal is acting strange and/or has bitten a human or domestic animal, seek medical attention and contact the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

  • If a wild animal has bitten livestock contact the Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) at 705-739-0008.

 

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