Roadkill Is Littering The Streets Of Toronto & City Workers Can't Remove Them Fast Enough
It’s always depressing when your walk to work finds you discovering the body of some poor creature. Where there are roads, there will be roadkill, but Toronto Animal Services can’t seem to clean up the city’s fallen critters fast enough. The amount of roadkill in Toronto has become such a problem that some residents have been forced to wait over a week for remains to be collected.
"Unfortunately, due to the high volume of dead animal reporting, it can take up to approx. ten days to remove the dead animal,” 311 Toronto tweeted out about the issue.
CBC reported that the city’s animal services prioritize the removal of specific animals, which often leads to delaying lesser requests.
"Removal timelines may vary for a number of reasons, including the prioritization of sick and injured animals, increased demand as animals become more active in warmer weather, and availability of Animal Care and Control Officers," the statement reads.
According to the City of Toronto website, residents can request the removal of a dead animal online or over the phone. However, there is no way of knowing how long it will take for the critter to be removed.
Some Torontonians have even taken to Twitter to express their concerns over the delay of service, one user stating "This is how he was looking at 12:30! Cooking well in that midday sunshine!"
City workers may be overwhelmed right now, but long wait times for roadkill removal in Toronto has been a problem for at least a few years now.
@cityoftoronto @Piperl86 Unfortunately, due to the high volume of dead animal reporting, it can take up to approx.… https://t.co/AJK05UkJBv— 311 Toronto (@311 Toronto) 1569271481.0
This is how he was looking today at 12.30! Cooking well in that midday sunshine! @TOAnimalService @311Toronto… https://t.co/0YSZLJpWH9— Pip (@Pip) 1569292888.0
We lost another one too soon...spotted in @westseattleblog this evening. @jasonwagar #deadraccoonto #deadraccoonsea https://t.co/5TrPRUqJgm— Skagit Organics (@Skagit Organics) 1569132244.0
The delayed removal of a dead raccoon made headlines in Toronto back in 2015, when residents of the Church and Wellesley village made a makeshift shrine for the animal. That's when #deadraccoonto trended on Twitter and briefly brought attention to how long it can take for a dead critter to be removed in the city.
RIP #DeadRaccoonTO https://t.co/ziLXWLiOGV— The Wako Kid (@The Wako Kid) 1568942152.0
Due to the delays, the city has encouraged residents to place the carcasses in plastic bags. It also warns that residents should wear gloves and avoid touching the animals with their bare hands.
Toronto Animal Services only remove larger animals; the city's Solid Waste Management Services is responsible for smaller creatures, like mice, rats, and birds.
*Disclaimer: cover photo used for illustrative purposes only.