The month of November is the peak of transition between sunny, breezy fall and snowy, cold winter. Every species of urban wildlife reacts differently to the changes in temperature, however they all share common goals of finding food, shelter, and security from harsh Canadian weather.
Oakville is nestled between the Niagara Peninsula and Ontario’s capital city, Toronto, making it the perfect area for urban wildlife to thrive. Wildlife have spent centuries adapting to our changing environment, and have the ability to survive in both rural and urban centers. It’s important for Oakville residents to be aware of common wildlife behaviour in their neighbourhood to ensure the safety of both themselves and the animals.
What is hibernation? Do all animals hibernate?
Hibernation is an automatic process that occurs in some animals when the weather cools down. Their heart rate will lower enough to conserve enough energy to survive many months without food. Some wildlife, like bats, hibernate through the winter, while others, like raccoons and skunks, enter a similar slumber state called “torpor”. Other animals, like foxes, rabbits, squirrels and coyotes remain fully active throughout the winter.
Is it okay to feed wildlife in the winter?
Feeding wildlife is dangerous, and in some cases illegal, for a number of reasons. Fed wildlife are more susceptible to entering dangerous situations, like predation and traffic collisions. Wild animals also have the ability to carry a number of health risks and diseases that can be transferred to humans. Keeping your distance from wildlife is the best way to keep yourself, and the animals safe.
I saw a raccoon out during daytime, is it rabid?
If you spot a traditionally nocturnal animal out during the day, such as a raccoon or skunk, it does not necessarily mean they are sick. Nocturnal animals will occasionally search for food and shelter during the day, especially in preparation for their winter slumber. Knowing the signs and symptoms of wildlife infected with rabies can help you determine if the animal is rabid, or simply passing through. Rabid wildlife often present as physically ill, confused or distraught, foaming at the mouth, difficulty walking straight and moving quite slow compared to healthy animals. If you suspect an animal is rabid, call your local animal control immediately to reduce the threat to other local species.
An animal has moved into my home for the winter, what do I do?
At Skedaddle, we prioritize the safety and wellbeing of wildlife while also protecting you and your family from harm’s way. Our exclusion process involves hand removing wildlife, and screening your home top to bottom to protect against future invasions. Choosing a humane wildlife control company is the best way to safely and ethically coexist with wildlife, and protect your property from wildlife damage.