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Parks Ontario warns against baiting, harassing wildlife for Instagram worthy photos

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Reminder to respect wildlife

With the rise of Instagram and social media, everyone wants a great photograph of our amazing country's wildlife! "Parks Ontario ecologist David Legros says there has been a spike in the number of people trampling through sensitive habitat, blocking roads, laying down food or chasing wild animals in the quest for a photo — and he believes social media platforms such as Instagram are partly to blame." Offering wildlife food for any reason, including to take a good photo, can be very dangerous for you and the animal. The more wild animals become comfortable with humans, the more danger they are in. Respect wildlife from a distance and invest in a quality zoom lens!

Parks Ontario warns against baiting, harassing wildlife for Instagram worthy photos

While some wildlife photographers dream of that perfect shot of a majestic moose or a swooping snowy owl, some observers say more and more people are stooping to unethical practices to get a great photo. Parks Ontario ecologist David Legros says there has been a spike in the number of people trampling through sensitive habitat, blocking roads, laying down food or chasing wild animals in the quest for a photo — and he believes social media platforms such as Instagram are partly to blame. “I think a lot of it is driven by increases in the accessibility of digital photography, and social media, because everyone is showing their pictures and everyone else wants to get great pictures too,” Legros said in a phone interview.

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