Putting out feeders for birds (and squirrels and chipmunks) is a popular way to attract these animals to your yard. Problems can occur if your feeders start to attract large flocks of birds that annoy your neighbours, or other wildlife such as rats, raccoons or even bears! You may need to stop feeding for a while, or only put out small amounts that can be quickly eaten during the day.
Do not feed animals that are likely to become a problem for you or your neighbours, whether in your yard, the local park or other greenspaces. Wild animals should not depend on humans for their food and should not learn to expect food from us. It could put them at risk of being hurt or killed, if they start approaching people aggressively in search of food.
Do not leave food outside for your pet cat or dog. You could wind up feeding a lot of animals from that bowl, and some of them are likely to be unwelcome to you or your neighbours (e.g., rats, stray cats, raccoons, or coyotes). It could also place your pet at greater risk of injury or disease, either from fighting or from sharing their bowl with sick stray or wild animals.
You may not mind rabbits nibbling on your lawn and garden. If you’re trying to grow vegetables for yourself, though, you’ll need to protect them with a fence or other measures.
Keep your barbeque clean and empty the grease-catcher frequently. Cover your barbeque or put it away when not in use.
Keep your green bin in a secure location until collection day. For more tips on how to secure your green bin, see our web page .
Feeding peanuts to squirrels can be a danger
Although it may seem cute to feed chipmunks and squirrels peanuts it can be incredibly dangerous by putting anaphylactic kids at risk. These rodents often discard or burry the nuts in residents’ backyards and playgrounds putting children at risk who could put the peanut in their mouth and cause a reaction.