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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,...

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