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The Natural Environment Section is responsible for wildlife management activities in Richmond Hill. Management is only undertaken when conflicts between humans and wildlife are causing a risk of property damage, injury or disease. Although at present, there are two species requiring ongoing management efforts, the North American beaver (Castor canadensis) and the Canada goose (Brantus canadensis gigantus), wildlife management is not limited to these species if additional issues arise. If you have questions or concerns about wildlife in your neigbourhood or on your property, contact the Natural Environment Section at

If you have found a sick, injured or orphaned animal or if you need advice as to how to keep wild animals off of your property, please contact the Town's animal control provider.

Do Not Feed the Ducks & Geese SignCanada Geese & Our Community
Did you know that overpopulation of urban Canada Geese can negatively impact our natural environment and local ecology? This is because geese leave excessive amounts of fecal matter in our parks, open spaces and waterbodies. Fecal matter in our ponds, lakes and streams decreases water quality and reduces the amount of oxygen available to aquatic plant and animal species. Geese also trample and eat native vegetation, which can lead to erosion problems.

How YOU can Help Reduce the Impacts of Geese
The large goose population in Richmond Hill can cause a lot of problems in our community, but there is one important thing you can do to help – please do not feed them. Our food is harmful to geese, as it fills them up without providing the nutrients they need to survive. It also makes them dependent on us to be fed, causing them to lose their ability to seek their own food and migrate.

Richmond Hill is focused on reducing the number of geese present in our community and is implementing a Canada Goose Management Plan and Program to do this. We are confident that with your help, we can achieve this goal.

Beaver Management
The Town of Richmond Hill Beaver Management Policy, which was approved in 2003, was established to provide an economical, humane and effective means of responding to the presence of beavers on Town-owned and managed lands. The policy aims to ensure residents have opportunity to benefit from the presence of these animals in the Town, while property damage and human health and safety risks are minimized. The Beaver Management Policy is consistent with the Ontario Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, recommendations of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the policy of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

For more information, call 905-771-8800.

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