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Wildlife in the City

Contrary to popular belief, there is a large amount of wildlife that call the City of Cambridge home, from squirrels to raccoons, skunks and the occasional fox. These animals have learned to adapt to city living and because of this do not generally abide by the “wildlife only does this” rules. Urban wildlife commonly may not be as afraid of people as their more wild cousins.

The most common misconception is that any raccoon, skunk, fox, etc only comes out at night and if seen during the day, it therefore has rabies... FALSE!!

As a result of light pollution (street lights, signs, etc) and the vast amounts of available foods, urban wildlife is quite often seen wandering around in the daylight. Many calls that we receive of injured or sick wildlife is in fact a healthy animal out during the day, and we do not pick up or remove healthy wildlife.

We are not a wildlife rehabilitation facility; for wildlife rehab locations, please visit

Learn to live with Urban Wildlife

As we move further into their natural habitats, they have learned to adapt to us... it seems only fair that we try to coexist with them.

General rules to follow when or if you see wildlife:

  • Leave all wildlife alone when you encounter them. They may be cute, but can become aggressive if threatened or cornered.
  • Always keep your dogs on a leash when off your property. It’s safer for both your pet and wildlife, and it also the law.
  • Do not feed wildlife; not only will this encourage more wild visitors it can actually do more harm than good.
  • Always clean up garbage and food items from parks, playgrounds and public places.
  • Don’t feed your pet outside. This not only encourages wildlife onto your property, but local stray cats as well.

Public Notice:
Effective July 1, 2015 the Cambridge City Pound / Animal Services Cambridge will no longer rent out live traps. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Nuisance Wildlife & Trapping
Although live traps remove wildlife from properties, we hope that deterrents would be used before trapping is considered as trapping/relocating wildlife is not as humane as many think.

The best solution to removing nuisance wildlife is to hire a humane wildlife removal company or pest control company. Being trained in the proper care and handling of wildlife, these wildlife experts can safely deter wildlife from gaining access to your home/yard and if needed are able to relocate the whole animal family into a secondary den or nesting area. Understanding the wildlife that is disturbing you, they are better equipped to answer any questions, and to offer solutions to common wildlife issues.

One such company whom we often recommend is:

Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control
Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control
Serving: Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo, Brantford, Woodstock, Stratford, London

Why Relocation & Trapping Does Not Work:

  • Animals will often injure themselves to get out of a live trap
  • Relocation creates a high level of stress to wildlife once trapped
  • Transmission of infectious diseases is increased when relocating
  • If not properly cleaned up or damage fixed, another animal will quickly move into a newly vacant den/nest
  • Often times parents are separated from babies, which usually result in death for the young.

Wild animals who come into contact with humans are often seeking food or shelter.
Do not provide these opportunities if you do not want to share your living space.

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