“We Don’t Want Animals to Associate Humans with Food” Says Algonquin Park’s Naturalist
Enjoy nature while being safe.
It’s National Wildlife Week and David Legros, Park Naturalist at Algonquin Park, says that tourists have already started flocking in to enjoy nature.
While you camp, hike and do other activities, it’s always important to keep wildlife animals in mind. He says to make sure you clean up after yourself or it might impact the animals. Legros does say that generally, visitors have a “leave no trace” mentality, but it does happen that they have to pick up people’s garbage. He says it’s a good way to not have animals investigate garbage bins, and states that he doesn’t want them to associate humans with food. Legros adds that there are waste disposal containers on all campgrounds and in high-use areas and on some trail heads.
Other rules that are important to keep in mind when visiting the park is to keep your dog on a leash no longer than 2 meters minimum he says. He also states “you don’t want to bother wildlife, you want to see them in their natural habitat, keep a safe distance and don’t take animal selfies because if you’re too close, it could be dangerous”.
For more information on National Wildlife Week, click here.