Living with Wild Animals

Alert: Raccoon strain rabies is circulating in our raccoon & skunk populations

The overall risk remains low to the general public but there are measures you can take to minimize your risk:

  • Stay away from any wild life and unknown or stray animals to prevent any contact and possible exposures
  • Report potential exposures due to animal bites or scratches to public health by calling 905-546-2489. Wash wounds with soap and water and seek medical attention
  • If you believe you were in contact with a sick raccoon, or if you see other sick raccoons, skunks or other wildlife report it to the City of Hamilton at 905-546-2489.
  • For questions or concerns about the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry baiting program please call 1-888-574-6656
  • Vaccinate your pets against rabies, and keep vaccines up to date. Visit one of our local low cost rabies vaccination clinics.
  • Learn more about the City’s Responsible Animal Ownership By-law
  • For more information on rabies in Ontario visit www.ontario.ca/page/rabies


Keep wildlife away from your property by:

  • Not feeding them. It will attract unwanted animals.
  • Putting your garbage in hard plastic containers with locking lids. Store them indoors until your pick up day.
  • Removing extra fruit and vegetables from your trees and gardens.
  • Keeping compost in containers with locking lids.
  • Keeping pet food inside your house. Do not allow your pets to roam free.
  • Using motion-sensitive lights in your yard. Nocturnal wildlife are less likely to be in well-light areas.

Common wildlife found in Hamilton are bats, coyotes, raccoonsskunks, opossums and birds.

Wildlife removal fees

The City of Hamilton deals with injured, sick and deceased wildlife or any wildlife that poses an immediate danger to the public.

Removal and release from private traps


Removal of wildlife from a house (excluding the attic) $60
Removal of injured or sick wildlife from a property No Charge

Nuisance wildlife animals may be euthanized under The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. "Nuisance Wildlife" is wildlife that is damaging or about to damage property. You are responsible for managing nuisance wildlife on your property.

You need to contact a wildlife control agency to have nuisance wildlife that is not an immediate danger to the public removed from your property. Visit the Ministry of Natural Resources website for tips on hiring a wildlife control agent.