Sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife require special care to recover and return to their home. You cannot keep wildlife in captivity without approval from the Ministry of Natural Resources. However, you can keep a wild animal for up to 24 hours in order to get it to a veterinarian or other wildlife care provider.
What to do with sick, injured or orphaned wildlife
- Stay back from the animal.
- Look for signs of an injury such as blood, loss of fur or feathers or trouble breathing.
- Leave it in its natural habitat.
- Watch the animal to see if it will get up and leave on its own. Some animals “play dead” to defend themselves against other animals.
- Contact Animal Services at 905-574-3433 to report injured or dead wild animals.
- Contact Public Health Services at 905-546-3570 if you think there is a health risk from the animal.
The City does not rehabilitate wild animals. We hold them for up to 24 hours before handing them over to a veterinarian or other wildlife care provider.
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