Cohabitating with urban wildlife

Wild animals have a tremendously positive impact on an area’s biodiversity and ecological integrity. Trying to eliminate them by trapping, killing or relocating them is not only inhumane, but also ineffective. It only disrupts the natural social order of wildlife in the area and can actually create additional problems for humans. By taking precautionary measures – such as changing some of our habits – and being aware of how our actions impact wildlife, we can co-exist peacefully with all animals.

Tips for a peaceful co-existance

How to prevent conflicts with wildlife
What to do if wild animals are becoming a nuisance
What to do if you encounter a coyote

When to help wildlife

The Montreal SPCA also helps injured and orphaned wildlife. Thanks to our veterinary team and our shelter and sanctuary partners, these animals can get the care they require.

For the welfare of these animals, it is best to observe them from a distance, for example using binoculars, and to contact your local animal control service when:

  • the animal has an obvious injury, is bleeding or experiencing respiratory problems
  • the animal seems to be cold, weak or emaciated
  • the animal is clearly covered in fleas or other insects or eggs
  • the animal is making excessive noise
  • the animal seems to be disoriented
  • a baby’s mother has died or has not returned within two hours (or twelve hours for hares).

If you have any questions about the condition of a wild animal, do not hesitate to contact us at 514 735-2711 before intervening.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I find a baby squirrel on the ground?
What should I do if I find a baby bird on the ground?
What should I do if I encounter raccoons?
What should I do if I find baby hares?