The City of Charlottetown is reminding residents not to feed wildlife. It can cause more harm than perceived good and does not benefit the community or the animal.
Urban wildlife, such as foxes and raccoons, can become dependent on humans if they are not practising their hunting or foraging skills and passing those skills on to their young. Taking away an animal’s need to hunt or forage for food can mean they don’t have the skills necessary survive.
Like humans, animals require a healthy, balanced diet. Human food is not part of an animal’s healthy, balanced diet and if animals eat poorly, it can affect their overall health making them more prone to acquire diseases and be infected by parasites. These diseases and parasites can be passed on to pets or people through droppings or saliva.
To discourage wildlife from your property, do not feed them or place pet food outside. Always ensure that garbage, compost and any other refuse is not accessible to animals, and be sure to close off any areas where animals may want to den such as sheds, patios or other shelter areas. Use bird feeders designed to keep feed off the ground, and keep the area under the bird feeders as clean as possible.
The City of Charlottetown does provide a free service for the trapping of nuisance skunks and raccoons. Please call the Public Works Department at 902-894-5208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request this service.
For fact sheets on some of the urban wildlife in Charlottetown, visit: www.charlottetown.ca/urban-wildlife.php
For more information about urban wildlife, visit: http://www.gov.pe.ca/forestry/problemwildlife or search for "People and Wildlife." To speak with Forests, Fish and Wildlife division staff, call: 902-368-4683.
City of Charlottetown