Some municipalities may have by-laws that prohibit people from feeding wildlife.

Consequences of feeding wildlife

Feeding wild animals may do more harm than good.

Threats to wildlife

  • animals can become dependent on artificial food sources
  • animals can lose their natural fear of humans and pets, becoming more prone to conflict
  • artificial feed is not healthy for wildlife
  • wild animals may gather in large numbers when they are being fed — this concentration of animals in one area can spread parasites and disease and cause destruction of natural habitat
  • feeding animals near roads increases their risk of being hit by vehicles

Threats to people

  • feeding wildlife may attract "unwanted" animals to your property
  • animals will learn to associate humans with food, and can become a problem to neighbours
  • habituated animals can become aggressive
  • feeding animals near roads increases the risk of motor vehicle accidents, resulting in property damage, injury or death

Household dos and don’ts


  • appreciate wildlife from a distance
  • keep household waste, compost and pet food out-of-reach from wild animals
  • attract wildlife to your property by improving natural habitat
  • work together with your neighbours to help keep wild animals wild


  • put out food to attract wildlife
  • try to approach or touch wild animals
  • feed pets outdoors or allow pets to roam free
  • put garbage out until the morning of collection