Tue. Oct 3rd, 2023
Please do not disturb!  Emails from the wildlife that calls Ontario parks home

In today’s post, we’ve collected emails from some wild animals that live in provincial parks.

Keep wildlife wild, respect wildlife, don’t disturb wildlife.

These are common phrases… but what do they really mean?

To help break it down, we’ve compiled some recent emails from some of our furry and feathered friends.

Let’s hear what they have to say about how to be a considerate and respectful visitor:

Subject: I like my space

I think you’re really amazing but I need my space.


Whether I’m snacking or looking for love, I need a wide berth. I prefer that you stay 30 meters away, or about the length of three yellow school buses, for my convenience.
person photographing swamp

Feel free to take a photo of me from afar, I’m used to paparazzi!



Subject: Please keep it down!

Hello down there,

We appreciate a good song and chat with our friends too! While it may seem like we’re the only ones in the park, we’re also hanging out.


Yeah us’re communicating with fellow batsHunting for food or trying to navigate the woods, when there is too much noise, can be a real challenge. cross things out our to do listyes.

couple sitting around a campfire

Just like humans, whether we’re trying to sleep, concentrate, learn, or work, noise can be incredibly distracting.

Keep in mind that wildlife have different schedules, including day and night shifts. Please always keep noise to a minimum.

Thanks for your consideration,

The bats

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Subject: Don’t burn the buffet

Hello camper!

We understand that you want to be comfortable by the campfire, but these forests are not firewood.

I’ve been busy storing my food all year on branches, behind bark, and in trees to return to later. I wish you wouldn’t burn down my buffet.

Please use the firewood provided by the park.

staff holding a bag of firewood

The next time you look for firewood around your campsite, remember that it’s like burning down the homes and grocery stores of many other creatures that inhabit the park.


Canada jay

Subject: I’m on a diet, please don’t tempt me.


Please don’t tempt me with your coolers full of delicious camping food! I’m on a special diet.

black bear

I need to follow my natural diet. of plants, berries, insects, fish and carrion to stay healthy. Besides, your coolers look so cool, I wouldn’t want to make a dent in them.

Do me a favor and respect my strict diet. Be sure to store your food, drinks, and toiletries in your locked car, in your bear-proof food locker, or in a bear storage location.

A cordial greeting,

Black bear

Subject: Keep your puppy on a leash, please.


We understand that your pup loves the beach, so do we!

Plover male with sand in its beak,

We are writing to ask you if you cand you please Follow the signs indicating where dogs are allowed and keep your puppy on leash unless in a designated off-leash dog area.

dogs can frighten us and can be a threat to our nests if they are off leash, running, frolicking and digging in the sand.

A light brown dog on a leash in the forest, looking at the camera and smiling

On behalf of the plants, we would also like to mention that your pup’s fun can also cause serious damage to them.



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Keep wildlife wild

When visiting parks and protected areas, it is important to be a responsible park visitor and remember to respect wildlife.

Please – Remember:

  • Give wildlife plenty of space.
  • Always keep noise to a minimum.
  • use firewood provided by the park
  • store food, drinks and toiletries safely
  • Keep your dog on a leash and know where it is allowed.

These are just a few ways to be a thoughtful visitor.

Let’s work together to ensure that wildlife living in provincial parks remain safe and protected.