Officials in Toronto are asking people to be more respectful of the wildlife in the city after getting reports of owls being harassed in a park. On Sunday, the Toronto Wildlife Centre posted to social media that they were “disheartened” to hear what some residents are doing to the owls.
The social media post explained that some residents at Downsview Park, near Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue, have been baiting owls with food, throwing objects at them, and playing audio recordings to get their attention. Residents have also been using flash to take pictures which can be very disturbing to the animal.
The Facebook post specifically explained “it may not seem detrimental to awaken an owl one time, but consistent disturbances by dozens of people are extremely harmful to these nocturnal predators who sleep during the day,… Just imagine paparazzi standing outside of your home every day and night!”
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