All mammals can get rabies, which is a fatal disease that can be transmitted from infected wildlife to humans or pets. In some areas, sick or dead raccoons, skunks and foxes are more likely to have rabies. See Rabies prevention and protection for more information.
Under the raccoon rabies surveillance program, raccoons, skunks and foxes found sick or dead in l’Estrie or Montérégie must be reported by calling 1-877-346-6763 or submitting the following form online.
As part of the Surveillance and control of avian influenza program in Québec, birds found sick or dead must be reported to 1‑877‑346‑6763. In some cases, specimens may need to be collected for surveillance purposes.
Reporting abnormal fish deaths in natural environments
Most fish deaths observed in natural environments are attributable to environmental causes (e.g., water temperature that is too high, lack of oxygen in the water, etc.) or microorganisms that are naturally present in the water.