New City of Toronto Bylaw Prohibits Feeding of Wild Animals

On April 1st, new regulations under Chapter 349 of the City of Toronto’s Animals Bylaw came into effect. The regulations make it illegal to feed wildlife or leave food out to attract animals on both public and private properties in Toronto. The city is taking an educational approach to encourage compliance with the new bylaw, but those who continue to violate it could face a fine. These regulations are part of the city’s efforts to protect people and wildlife due to a rise in negative interactions involving humans and wildlife. Feeding wild animals changes their natural instincts and may increase their presence and tolerance of people, creating problems for both wildlife and Toronto communities.