Human-Wildlife Conflict

The best way to avoid human-wildlife conflict is to learn how to responsibly coexist with wildlife. People, not wildlife, are often the ones responsible for creating the "problem wildlife" and a lasting solution is seldom found in trapping or physically removing the animal.

In order to minimize or eliminate human-wildlife conflict, please respect the needs of wildlife and focus on better understanding and dealing with the root of the problem. Please view the resources below when dealing with human-wildlife conflict.

Large Animals

To report an issue or concern involving large wildlife such as moose, cougars, coyotes and foxes, please contact Alberta Fish and Wildlife at 403-340-5142. Call Report a Poacher at 1-800-642-3800 if your call falls outside of office hours.

Small Animals

For the removal of and live trap use/availability for domestic small animals including cats and dogs please contact Alberta Animal Services at 403-347-2388.

You are legally able to trap the following animal pests on your property:

In order to have a nuisance skunk removed from your property, contact a pest control agency or Medicine River Wildlife Centre. There are many qualified pest control businesses in Red Deer. They can be found in the yellow pages under "Extermination and Fumigation - Pest Control".

For more information on how to live responsibly with wildlife, please contact the Kerry Wood Nature Centre at 403-346-2010 or Medicine River Wildlife Centre at 403-728-3467.

Rats

Since the 1950s, Central Alberta has had the reputation of being rat-free. If given the opportunity, rats can quickly cause a lot of damage to food crops, infrastructure and even human health. Learn more about the Norway Rat, or view the Rat Control in Alberta (pdf) information package.

Report all sightings and suspected infestations of the Norway Rat to the Parks Section by calling 403-342-8234.