Most wild animals are shy
Toronto is home to hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. None of them pose any threat to humans under normal circumstances. Even larger animals such as coyotes, raccoons, deer, hawks and owls are shy of people and will try to escape if approached, rather than act aggressively in self-defence. Generally, wild animals don’t want anything to do with us. They live in our neighbourhoods because human habitation brings a lot of food, water, and shelter for wildlife—even if it’s unintentional.
If you’re having a conflict with one of your wild neighbours, please visit our page on wildlife nuisance situations for tips on how to work things out effectively and safely for everyone.