The Town of Collingwood does not control or provide any service for wildlife.

If wildlife presents a nuisance to private property, landowners may wish to contact a Pest Control Service to have the animal removed and/or relocated. Pest Control Service will charge a fee for service.

Injured / Sick Wildlife

If there is an emergency situation involving wildlife in Collingwood (i.e. rabies/distemper, hit by car, life threatening injuries to the animal or is threatening humans) individuals should be directed to call the OPP. They can be reached by calling1-888-310-1122.    

If there is a non-emergency situation involving wildlife, where the animal could potentially be rehabilitated, individuals can contact a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Please note that the following contacts are providing for informational purposes only. The Town does not endorse any particular centre, and cannot cover any fees or transportation costs. A Pest Control Service may be able to help in transporting an animal to a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, however fees may apply.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers in the Creemore, Stayner, Wasaga, Collingwood or Thornbury area:

  • Shortcut to Serenity Wildlife
  • Diane Babeckas
  • 705-428-6116
  • Bat, fox, skunk, raccoon and birds.
  • A donation of any amount to help the animal is appreciated.
  • Procyon Wildlife Veterinary and Rehabilitation Services
  • Dr. Cynthia Post
  • 905-729-0033
  • Bat, fox, skunk, raccoon, birds, turtle, lizard, frog, toad, snake, salamander, squirrel, chipmunk, rabbit, hare, wolf, bobcat, coyote, lynx, badger, fisher, opossum, marten, mink, weasel, shrew, moose, deer, elk, beaver, otter, muskrat.
  • Shades of Hope
  • Gail Lenters
  • www.shadesofhope.ca
  • 705-437-4654
  • Bat, beaver, bird, deer, eagle, falcon, fox, groundhog, hawk, osprey, owl, porcupine, possum, rabbit, skunk, songbird, squirrel, turkey vulture, waterbird, weasel
Additional wildlife centres can be found at ontariowildliferescue.ca.

For information or advice concerning wildlife, individuals are encouraged to contact the Ministry of Natural Resources by calling 705-725-7500.  



Coyotes have been spotted in several areas throughout Collingwood.

While the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is responsible for the management of wildlife including coyotes, Town staff have been in discussion with the Ministry and they are aware of coyote sightings in Collingwood, and the increased sightings throughout the Province. The following information regarding how to prevent encounters with coyotes and how to react if you do find yourself in proximity to the animal has been shared by the MNR. Homeowners can take preventative steps to ensure coyotes aren’t attracted to their property and to keep their pets safe.
  • Coyotes are usually wary of humans and other animals.
  • Never feed coyotes! Do not leave any type of food outdoors for any animal, including pets. Bird feeders attract birds, squirrels and rodents, which may in turn attract coyotes.
  • Garbage should be stored in sealed containers and placed at the curb on the day of pick up.
  • Avoid composting meat products.
  • Keep pets indoors. Never let pets roam at large, and always walk your dog on a leash.
Knowing this information and being aware that coyotes are a normal part of the ecosystem, it is also important to keep in mind safety tips if you encounter a coyote.
  • Do not turn your back on or run from a coyote. Back away calmly
  • Stand tall, wave your hands and make lots of noise
  • If a coyote poses an immediate threat or danger to public safety, call 911.
If you would like to report a coyote sighting please feel free to contact the Ministry of Natural Resources at 705-725-7500 or visit our coyote sighting report form.

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