Torontonians are being warned of an invasive species growing along the city's nature trails. Hikers are revealing the dangers of brushing up against wild parsnip in Toronto, a.k.a. poison parsnip. This plant is typically spotted in eastern and southern Ontario.\nPatches of wild parsnip have been spotted along Lower Don Trail, a popular hiking spot in the city. A Reddit post on Tuesday warned residents to avoid contact with plant, which is known to strip your skin’s ability to fight off UV rays.\n“I’ve seen giant swaths of this plant, tens of thousands of plants strong along the 401 for the last few years, creeping toward the GTA," the Redditor wrote.\n"If you see it, yank it out carefully with gloves and don’t touch with your bare skin."\nAccording to the government of Ontario, the plant contains chemicals that can cause increased skin sensitivity in sunlight and severe dermatitis.\nIt falls in a similar category to giant hogweed or cow parsnip, which have similar effects on the skin, reports Durham Region. However, giant hogweed is significantly worse.\nThe City of Toronto told Narcity in an email that these plants are being managed and removed.\n“The City of Toronto is managing the safe removal of giant hogweed/cow parsnip, as it is identified, to ensure that Toronto parks and trails are safe and enjoyable spaces for all,” the City wrote.\n"Since the City developed a management strategy for these invasive plants, there’s been a population decrease. The strategy includes hazardous vegetation removal/control."\nIt’s here! DANGER: DO NOT TOUCH. Wild parsnip spotted along Don trail. Info in comments. from r/toronto ">It’s here! DANGER: DO NOT TOUCH. Wild parsnip spotted along Don trail. Info in comments. from r/toronto from https://www.reddit.com/r/toronto\nThe City also stated that staff routinely monitor parks and green spaces for invasive plant species such as wild parsnip and hogweed.\nView this post on Instagram ⚠️ PSA ⚠️ - this is 🚨 WILD PARSNIP 🚨 - it is invasive, toxic to livestock, and causes HORRIBLE burns to humans (when sap oils contact skin and are exposed to light). - i saw it EVERYWHERE when i was driving around today...so whether you farm, take bike rides, nature walks, like to stop and pick wild flowers...stay away from this!!! - if you accidentally have contact with the sap, get out of the sun immediately and wash right away with a soap like dawn dish soap. - if you live in an area (or will be traveling to or know people that live in a region) where wild parsnip is present, please take a moment and pass on the information about wild parsnip. - thank you! - - - - - - - - - #psa #besafe #wildparsnip #stayaway #wisconsin #plants #wisconsinlife #conquer_wi #getoutdoors #nature #beaware #madisonwi #madison #madtown #madisonwisconsin #farmershelpingfarmers #lifeonthefarm #peoplehelpingpeople #passiton #invasivespecies #toxic #farmlife #countrylife #iamcountryside #pasture #grass #naturelovers #youngfarmers #modernfarmer #unconventional_acres A post shared by ᗰEᒪ & ᗷEᑎ (@unconventional_acres) on Jun 27, 2018 at 3:13pm PDT\nResidents are asked to report any sightings of invasive or harmful plants by calling 311. Removing the plants yourself is, of course, not recommended.\nIt’s worth noting that there currently are only two spots in Toronto where hogweed and wild parsnip have been reported. These include Taylor Creek Park in East York and downtown's Lower Don Trails.\nThankfully, Toronto is home to many other hiking trails, even hidden ones that involve waterfalls and, as far as we know, no hogweed.