Feeding of nuisance wildlife open house March 26

Wildlife such as coyotes living near Appleby Line and the rest of Burlington have been increasing lately.

The City of Burlington is having a public open house on Thursday, March 26, 7-8:30 p.m. at Central Arena, 519 Drury Lane to discuss a proposed bylaw. This bylaw would prohibit the feeding of nuisance wildlife such as coyotes, raccoons, skunks, chipmunks and foxes.

Feeding small animals and other wildlife might seem innocent and the right thing to do but unfortunately it also attracts coyotes. By feeding wildlife, they become potential food sources for coyotes. If you see nuisance wildlife, the City of Burlington suggests that you follow these guidelines.

  • Monitor children closely when they are outdoors.

  • Keep all food inside your home.

  • Do not feed any wildlife, including squirrels, raccoons, deer and rabbits. It only takes one person feeding wild animals to cause a problem for an entire neighbourhood.

  • Fill bird feeders only through the winter months. Do not allow a large amount of bird seed to remain on your lawn. If you are experiencing wildlife nuisance, do not use bird feeders at all.

  • Pick all ripe fruit from trees and bushes and clean all rotten fruit off the ground.

  • Avoid landscaping with trees, shrubs or plants that produce food known to attract bears (such as crab apple trees, mountain ash, beech and oak).

  • Use rodent-proof composters, and put garbage in containers that have tight-fitting lids (bear-resistant).

  • Do not put meat, fish or sweet food (including fruit) in your outside composter.

  • Put garbage and compost containers out only on the morning of garbage day, not the night before.

  • If you do not have curbside pickup, take your garbage to the dump often.

  • Frequently wash garbage cans and recycling containers and lids with a strong smelling disinfectant.

  • Remove grease and food residue from barbecue grills, including the grease cup underneath, after each use.

  • Report any coyote sightings.

For more information, contact Tracey Burrows at Tracey.Burrows@burlington.ca or

at Dave.Lake@burlington.ca.

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