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Wildlife


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 four species requiring ongoing management efforts, North American beaver (Castor canadensis), Canada goose (Brantus canadensis gigantus), European fire ants (Myrmica rubra) and brown-lipped snails (Cepaea nemoralis), 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 naturalenvironment@richmondhill.ca

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.

For more information, call 905-771-8800.

Keep Our Wildlife Wild Brochure [PDF]


Jefferson Salamander
The Jefferson Salamander Brochure [PDF]


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