ATTENTION: THE BOG WALK IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE
While enjoying Cold Creek, please remain on the marked trails. Please be mindful of noxious plants such as poison ivy, stinging nettle or dog strangling vine.
If you discover a noxious plant species, please report a sighting here
Wildlife, Dog Walkers and Distemper
If you are able to approach an animal in its natural habitat, it is likely that the animal is sick or injured. Since the summer of 2019, Cold Creek has found an increase in distemper cases, primarily found in raccoons.
Canine distemper is a viral disease that affects a number of wildlife, including but not limited to raccoons, coyotes, and skunks. This viral disease also affects domesticated pets such as dogs and cats. In canines, distemper affects several body systems including the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts, and the spinal cord and brain. Common symptoms of distemper include: high fever, eye inflammation, eye/nose discharge, labored breathing and coughing, anorexia, vomiting and diarrhea, and lethargy. Infected wildlife lose their natural instincts and fear of predators and will walk directly up to other wildlife, pets and people. Canine distemper is highly contagious and can be transmitted through bodily fluids (sweat, blood, urine and fecal matter) or through coughing or sneezing within close proximity.
If you find an animal approaching, please keep yourself and any pets at a safe distance and do not approach or attempt to capture. Because distemper is active at Cold Creek, we highly encourage all pets to be kept on leash and away from wildlife at all times.
Your animals can be vaccinated against distemper, and there have been no cases of distemper found in humans to date. If you see wildlife acting abnormally, please contact Cold Creek Site Operators at 416-570-2022.