Toronto is a vibrant metropolis with beautiful green spaces, natural parks and ravines that many urban wildlife call home.  It’s quite normal to see raccoons, foxes, coyotes, skunks and other wildlife in the city. Our goal is to protect our urban wildlife and co-exist peacefully.

Photography has a long history with nature and conservation efforts, but social media has helped to change the motivation behind it. Sharing photos is a great way to create awareness and show our appreciation for nature and wildlife. Consider these 10 tips when taking pictures.

10 Tips for Wildlife Photography

  1. Do not bait, feed or lure wild animals with sounds or scents. Feeding wildlife can change their natural behaviour and have impacts to animals and the community.
  2. Avoid chasing, surprising or crowding wild animals for a picture.
  3. Protect their home and natural environment by keeping on designated trails.
  4. Keep your distance and give wildlife the space they need to live safely. Stay at least 30 metres away.
  5. Do not approach animals that are feeding, at a den or nest, or with their mate or offspring as they may become defensive or abandon their young.
  6. Do not use a recording of a bird or wildlife call to attract them for a photo. This causes wildlife to expend valuable energy and distracts them from real threats, feeding, sheltering, or taking care of their mate or offspring.
  7. Do not use a flash as it may cause unnecessary stress to the animals.
  8. Be cautious with a drone – ensure it’s kept in your line of sight and does not disturb wildlife. Drones are regulated by Transport Canada.
  9. Use discretion when sharing the location of wildlife as it could potentially lead to an overwhelming number of visitors.
  10. Plan your shoot and make sure you know the rules and regulations of the park or location.

If you see someone harming, harassing or feeding wildlife, contact 311 to submit a service request.