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National Animal

The Beaver

 

“Animals fill your heart without trying.”

 

Author unknown

Animals commonly seen in the wild

Marine fauna:

Whales, seals, dolphins, lobsters, sea turtles, sea otters.

Birds:

Puffins, bald eagles, geese, hummingbirds, cranes, storks, pelicans, vultures, herons, egrets, caracaras, falcons, sparrows, hawks, owls.

Land mammals:

Moose, elks, wolves, beavers, coyotes, racoons, bears, cougars, deer, squirrels, porcupines, weasels, skunks.

Snakes and insects:

Snakes, turtles, toads, lizards, salamanders, newts.

Common sights you will not like

In the city and
on the road

Racoons are commonly seen in the cities since they forage for food and food scraps in the the garbage bins containing compostable wastes.

In the
Countryside

Bears can be seen in towns and small settlements coming to gather any food scraps left behind. Riding of horses can also be seen mostly in the summer seasons.

Hunting or poaching:

Protection for wild animals is mainly focused on preservation of the species. Every province/territory has its own rules and regulations for hunting. It is considered as a livelihood and source of food for some natives. Common animals hunted are moose, wild turkey, elk, deer, bear, wolf, coyote and turtle.

Animal fights:

Dog fighting has been illegal in Canada since 1892 but some underground fights still take place.

Main organization for animal rescue and sheltering:

Humane Canada CCAC Ontario SPCA Toronto Humane Society

Sanctuaries to visit or volunteer:

Wishing Well Sanctuary The Donkey Sanctuary Ceder Row

We have not included the treatment of animals in the meat/fur/leather industries, zoos or circuses, animal testing as it unfortunately still happens in most countries.

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