While Durham is not home to big game animals, there is a healthy deer population and on occasion moose and black bears can be seen in heavily wooded areas. Our cities are home to many raccoons, squirrels and rabbits. Coyotes and fox can be found in many areas as well and are beginning to be seen in residential areas.
Durham sees a wide variety of birds and waterfowl, especially in the late fall and early spring when many northern birds stop off during their migrations. Many Canada geese now make Durham their year-round home. The Second Marsh area is a protected bird sanctuary and plays an important role in the conservation of endangered bird species.
Durham Region offers a wide variety of opportunities for recreational fishing. Lake Ontario offers lake trout, salmon and carp. Lake Scugog offers large and small-mouth bass, pike, catfish and other small varieties of fish. Muskellunge or “Muskie” are highly prized as a large and hard fighting game fish and can be found in some area lakes.
(From the OMNR web site)