As we all join together on Canada Day, we would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Canadian Wildlife Federation, to extend our thoughts and prayers to our friends in areas of the country who are dealing with the aftermath of floods.
We would also like to remind everyone that wildlife too is feeling effects of the flooding.
If you live in the area, please be aware of wildlife that may be displaced as a result of the flooding. Flooded habitats can force wildlife to seek temporary refuge in areas where they might not normally be found such as residential communities. We encourage you to minimize your contact with the animals as they may be under duress and in survival mode:
- Do stay away from areas where wildlife have taken refuge
- Do not interact with or feed wild animals
- Do avoid roads in flooded areas to reduce the interference with wildlife and possible wildlife collisions
We recognize that people want to try to help wildlife, but in these circumstances, often the best thing you can do is allow them to find their own refuge and food. Wildlife posing a threat to humans should be reported to local wildlife authorities.
On Canada Day, we celebrate the fact that we live in one of the greatest countries in the world with spectacular wildlife and wild spaces. Your continued support ensures that we leave this legacy for generations to come.