The Bruce Peninsula Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has received a
couple of calls regarding raccoons which been hanging around properties
and concerned they may be ill.
Police want parents and the public to be aware of the safety concerns
when it comes to dealing with wild animals in residential areas. Here
are a few safety tips to discuss with children when they see wild
animals, as well as, knowing the signs of animals that may be ill.
Safety tips for children and wild animals:
Look but donít try to touch.
Wild animals may look cute, but
they are not house pets.
If a wild animal is
approached they may try to bite out of fear, as they are not used to
being close to humans.
Tell your parents, family member
or your teacher if you see wild animals getting to close to other
Tell your parents, family
members or your teacher, if you see wild animals acting funny or
Remember to stay far away
and do not approach.
Tell your parents, family
members or your teacher if you get scratched or bitten by an animal
as it should be cleaned and treated properly.
Remember where it happened and
what the animal looked like.
Feeding wild animals can cause many problems such
- Wild animals do not digest human food
property and can cause them to become ill or choke.
- Animals can cause damage to personal
property and can be hurt in the process by sharp items like
recycling; or hit by moving vehicles.
- Animals can lose their natural fear of
humans and can become a nuisance and potentially dangerous in
residential or recreational areas.
- Food handouts will encourage
additional animals to re-attend for feeding. This will cause
crowding, competition and eventually fighting due to natural
- Wild animals that become dependent on
humans for food can cause injury or disease to domesticated pets,
children or adults.
Facts about Mange:
- Mange is caused by parasitic mites that
burrow into the skin and causing infection.
- Animals carrying mange will show signs of
itching, crusty spots on face or body, splotchy hair loss, weight
loss and low energy.
- Fox, coyotes and domestic animals can be
infected by mange.
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Rabies is spread through saliva
from a bite from an infected animal. It is rare humans will get
Rabid animals may be extremely
excited, attack objects or other animals, froth at the mouth or
Raccoons, skunks, foxes and bats
can carry rabies.
A wild animal with rabies can
infect domesticated animals
What to do if you suspect an animal is diseased
and posing a risk to the pubic:
- Call Animal Control for the Municipality of
Northern Bruce Peninsula and for the Town of South Bruce Peninsula.
They can be reached during office hours, and after hours at
519-534-1400 extension 143, or by calling 226-668-5601.
- If you are concerned about diseased wildlife
and there has not been any contact with humans or domestic animals
you can call the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) Rabies Hotline
- If you believe a diseased wild animal
has had contact with humans and/or domestic animals, you should call
the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)
at 1-877-424-1300 or toll free at 1-888-466-2372. MEDICAL ATTENTION
should be sought when a person has been in contact or injured by a
diseased animal; wild or domesticated. Call the Grey Bruce Health
Unit at 519-376-9420 or Toll free at 1-800-263-3456.
- IF THERE IS AN IMMEDIATE SAFETY
CONCERN AND FOR ALL EMERGENCIES, CALL 911 FOR POLICE.
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