Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Public invited to attend Wildlife in Toronto open houses in March

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:

News Release:  February 25, 2015                                           
Public invited to attend Wildlife in Toronto open houses in March

The City of Toronto is hosting Wildlife in Toronto open houses to strengthen the City's role in wildlife education, provide information and increase public awareness about how to prevent human-wildlife conflict. 

The forested ravines and parklands provide habitat for mammals within the urbanized and densely populated city.

Several species of wildlife – rodents, pigeons, raccoons, skunks, squirrels, foxes, coyotes, rabbits, bats and opossums – adapt and thrive in Toronto. Their presence can result in conflicts with humans as the animals seek food and shelter to survive.

Schedule of Wildlife in Toronto open houses

North: Monday, March 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Northern District Public Library, Gwen Liu Meeting Room, 200 Orchard View Blvd.

South: Wednesday, March 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
S.H. Armstrong Community Centre, Meeting Room, 56 Woodfield Rd.

West: Wednesday, March 11 from 6 to 8 p.m.
New Toronto Public Library, Alex J. Faulkner Community Room, 110 Eleventh St.

East: Thursday, March 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.
McGregor Park Community Centre, Harrison Room, 2231 Lawrence Ave. E.

At the open houses, residents will learn:
• how to wildlife-proof their home
• how to keep garbage bins safe from wildlife 
• how to deter a coyote from their property, and 
• what rules and regulations pertain to the treatment of wildlife, as well as some interesting facts about wildlife in the city.

Open house participants include the following City divisions: City Planning, Municipal Licensing and Standards, Solid Waste Management Services, Toronto Animal Services, Toronto Public Health and Urban Forestry. The following wildlife experts will be involved: the Canadian Association for Humane Trapping, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and the Toronto Wildlife Centre.

More information is available at

This news release is also available on the City's website:

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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Media contact: Tammy Robbinson, Strategic Communications, 416-338-3761,

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