- Agriculture Services
- Pest Management
Red Deer County is responsible for protecting the agricultural productivity of the municipality by controlling or eradicating native and introduced pests. Private landowners are also accountable for controlling or eradicating pests on their properties.
Agricultural pests and nuisances are defined under the Agricultural Pest Act as any animal, bird, insect, plant or disease which negatively impacts agricultural production.
The Agricultural Pest Act directs that declared Agricultural Pests must be eradicated, while Agricultural Nuisances may be controlled as directed in the Agricultural Pest and Nuisance Control Regulation.
red deer county programs to help control and manage agricultural pests & Nuisances:
PLEASE NOTE: Health Canada has cancelled the registration for 2% liquid strychnine for use on Richardson ground squirrels. Click here for details.
- Living Near Coyotes
- Coyote Predation of Livestock Resource
- Red Deer County’s Compound 1080 Tablets Program
- If coyotes display aggressive behaviour to humans like biting or nipping, contact Fish and Wildlife through the Report a Poacher line: 1-800-642-3800.
- Human-Wildlife Conflict - Coyotes
Help keep Alberta RAT FREE. Call the County or 310-FARM to report a sighting.
For more information: Alberta's Rat Control Program
Wild boars are banned in Red Deer County and are not allowed to be raised as livestock. When “at large” they can cause immense agricultural and environmental damage, harm humans and animals, and spread disease to other livestock.
To report a Wild Boar sighting, please call the County or 310-FARM.
Dutch Elm Disease Prevention/Control Measures
For more information on Dutch Elm Disease in Red Deer County, visit our Dutch Elm Disease webpage.
other agricultural pests & nuisances found in red deer county:
AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES
Alberta’s rivers and lakes support a variety of fish populations and fishing opportunities. These systems are being threatened by the introduction of aquatic invasive species. These invaders come from outside Alberta or are transferred between water bodies within Alberta. They can transform entire ecosystems by out-competing native species, posing a major threat to Alberta’s biodiversity.
To report something suspicious on your boat or equipment, or for further information on aquatic invasive species call: 1-855-336-2628 (BOAT)
A variety of wildlife live in Red Deer County. While there are many benefits to living near wild animals, it is important to know how to co-exist with these animals to minimize conflict and ensure the safety of residents, pets, livestock, and wildlife alike. Local wildlife may include:
Please contact Fish and Wildlife if you need specific advice on wildlife problems on your property, or to discuss removal techniques.
- Alberta Environment & Parks - Fish & Wildlife
- Fish & Wildlife Area Office Contacts
- Fish & Wildlife Contact Red Deer: 403.340.5142
- Alberta Insect Pest Monitoring Network – forecast map and other information
- Prairie Pest Monitoring Network – Weekly insect information
For all other pest and nuisance related inquiries, please contact the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM.