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Ottawa needs city-run hotline service to assist residents
with human/wildlife conflicts
Oct 23/03 With your help, we are making
progress on the long climb back to having a progressive
wildlife response in Eastern Ontario. However, even if
wildlife rehabilitation services are re-established by
volunteers, it will still require the City to directly
help its residents through a City-run Hotline to deal
with human/wildlife conflicts.
Click for reasons why city must provide Hotline service
(see letter below).
What can I do?
Let your Ottawa Councillor know you want the city to provide a
cost-effective Hotline Service to help residents with wildlife
problems caused by development as well as their support to reinstate
a progressive wildlife rehabilitation service in the nation’s
Telephone or e-mail them, asking them where they stand
on this issue. If we don’t raise the issue, it simply
won’t be addressed. There is currently no help for
residents seeking help for wildlife mammals at all.
If this is to change, the City of Ottawa must be
expected to do its part.
Click here to find your Ottawa City Councillor email address (on
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October 21, 2003
The commitment of the new Provincial Liberal Government to
review the unjustified actions and policies of the Ministry of Natural Resources
that eliminated the valued wildlife rehabilitation program in eastern Ontario
was due to the voices of so many of you.
Now, we must turn our attention to the Municipal
Election. If we are to again have a progressive wildlife response in this
region, the City of Ottawa has to also do its part. The City must provide a
Hotline to assist its residents with wildlife problems. There is a very strong
rationale for the City to provide this service:
- It is the extensive development in this region which
is displacing wildlife and causing human/wildlife conflict, so it must be
looked upon as one of the costs of development
- Prevention is much less costly and more effective than
the reactive response the City is now trying to field through its Call Centre.
After all, the City funded the Wildlife Centre to provide the service for many
years, proving it fully understood the value of prevention
- The Wildlife Centre has developed a web site to assist
the City but it has always been recognized that it was only a partial solution
and that the City would need to provide a proper Hotline. The Motion (see
below), approved by Ottawa City Council on April 9, 2003,
acknowledges the need for a City-run Hotline service
- Other cities like Mississauga and Brampton provide a Hotline/Education service, recognizing that
it is the only cost-effective approach given increasing urban
- The City of Ottawa’s
recently-released Environmental Strategy talks about the need to protect
greenspace and the need to live in harmony with nature. It places
emphasis on public education and providing the tools for residents to co-exist
with wildlife. If these recommendations are to be more than empty words, one
of the most basic tools is for the City of Ottawa to provide
With your help, we are making progress on the long climb
back to having a progressive wildlife response. However, even if wildlife
rehabilitation services are re-established by volunteers, it will still require
the City to directly help its residents through a City-run Hotline to deal with
human/wildlife conflicts. With the serious constraints on the City’s Budget and
our tax dollars, it is all the more reason for it to offer a cost-effective
response based on prevention.
can help by letting candidates for City Council in your Ward know of your
support for a progressive wildlife response. Telephone or e-mail them, asking
them where they stand on this issue. If we don’t raise the issue, it simply
won’t be addressed. Sadly, we have gone from having one of the most
progressive wildlife services in North
America to now being one of the few major
cities on the continent where there is no help for residents seeking help for
wildlife mammals at all. If this is to change, the City of Ottawa must be
expected to do its part.
Friends and volunteers of the Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife
more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or OCWC, P.O. Box 3525, Station C, Ottawa, K1Y
4G1 or visit http://www.wildlifeontario.ca/.
Motion Approved by City of Ottawa Council on April
by: Councillor Wendy Stewart
Seconded by: Councillor
Whereas the Ottawa-Carleton
Wildlife Centre has ceased to operate both its Hotline and Rehabilitation
Whereas, although the mandate
for wildlife services may not be clearly identified in the Municipal Act,
virtually all cities in Ontario have had to assume responsibility for urban
wildlife concerns based on public demand; and
Whereas the spring birthing
season has commenced, which will lead to conflict situations between residents
and wildlife in our City; and
Whereas reliance on pest
control companies to deal with nuisance wildlife has been shown to result in an
increase in orphaned wildlife and potential public health issues as well as
higher costs to municipalities; and
Whereas the City has not yet
set up an alternative progressive, humane and cost-effective Hotline Service;
Be It Therefore Resolved that
the Call Centre be directed to refer callers who are experiencing problems with
wildlife to a website which has been developed for that purpose at
http://www.wildlifeproblems.ncf.ca and refer to these “Best Practices” when
addressing problems of this sort; and
Further that the City
immediately place notices in City Information columns and community newspapers
that inform residents about wildlife problems and refer them to the information
provided on the website.