Let's keep wildlife, wild!
Tofino is home to black bears, wolves, cougars and many others incredible wildlife species. We are committed to respecting these animals and ensuring we are not attracting them close to our community.
When visiting you can help protect and respect wildlife habitats through proper wildlife etiquette, and knowing safe ways to view wildlife. Some simple things you can dot to help are:
- Always keep dogs on a leash. Unleashed dogs kill animals - they are, after all, carnivores by nature. They can destroy nests or harass ground dwelling birds and small animals. Not only can dogs displace wildlife, dogs that chase after bears can bring them back to their owners or be killed. Wild animals can perceive dogs as a potential threat and some wildlife will consider them prey.
- Leave No Trace. By taking trash home or putting it in bins. Please do not leave trash beside full bins as it will blow away and animals could either ingest the garbage
- Respect The Space. Never get too close to wildlife. View and photograph wildlife from a safe and respectful distance. A good rule of thumb is when wildlife notices you, you are too close.
- Bears don't like surprises. Make noise while you are hiking - talk to people in your group, bring a whistle, consider clapping or singing.
- Respect Wild Animals. Keep hands and snacks to yourself. Getting too close to wildlife to feed or touch can become a dangerous situation.
To learn more about visiting & recreating in wildlife country, visit: www.wildsafebc.com
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