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Dogs banned on popular Tofino beach

Dogs banned on popular Tofino beach

Dogs banned on popular Tofino beach

A five-month dog ban starts today at a popular Tofino beach in an effort to protect migrating birds.

According to CTV News, the move comes from the federal government at a time when Parks Canada says its a critical period for migrating shorebirds.

The ban comes into effect at Combers Beach which is part of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve’s Long Beach.

The ban will be in place until Oct. 1 and pet owners are advised that while dogs are allowed at other areas of Long Beach, they must be leashed.

A statement from Parks Canada reads:

“Migratory shorebirds depend on the national park reserve as a place to rest and forage for food during long trips between the Arctic and areas as far south as South America.”

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“When migratory birds are disturbed, the extra time and energy spent fleeing can affect their survival. The presence of dogs can also contribute to the habituation of wildlife such as wolves who frequent beaches to access coastal food sources.”

This ban comes as a last resort to help protect these birds and Parks Canada says data collected over the five months will be used to determine how this ‘trial’ affected wildlife.

This ban will be enforced by law enforcement along with Parks staff. Tickets start at $58 and go upwards to $25,000.
This ban also includes the Combers Beach rail as well as the boardwalk access from Green Point Campground.

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