About Urban Wildlife
Urban wildlife is part of life in St. Albert. Within the City boundaries, there are over 900 hectares of parks and natural areas. Wildlife provides many ecological and social benefits to the City, but we also need to understand and be prepared for potential human-wildlife conflicts that may occur in St. Albert.
Wildlife in St. Albert falls under the jurisdiction of the provincial government with Alberta Fish and Wildlife. The City of St. Albert has limited authority to manage wildlife except for nuisance wildlife, summarized in the Integrated Pest Management Plan. The plan outlines measures to prevent and manage human-wildlife conflicts while protecting the plants and animals in our area. It also promotes healthy vegetation and helps guide pest control activities on public land and within public facilities.
Reporting Injured Wildlife
If you are concerned about an injured animal, WILDNorth (Northern Alberta Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation) offers advisors via the Wildlife Hotline at 780-914-4118. WILDNorth also includes information on their website about participating veterinary clinics, how to deal with trapped or orphaned wildlife, and domestic animals.
Veterinary clinics in your area may be found in the Yellow Pages or by calling the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association at 780-489-5007, Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
For large wildlife or if WILDNorth is not readily available, please call Alberta Fish and Wildlife (Edmonton Office) at 780-427-3574.
Preventative Measures for Encountering Wildlife
- Ensure that garbage is placed in the brown waste cart, organics are placed in the green organics cart and the lids are fully closed on each cart.
- Keep compost piles covered to deter wildlife.
- Do not leave food outside, as wildlife and pests can feed on food scraps and pet food. If you feed your dogs outside, bring their dishes in to prevent wildlife from getting into them.
- Ensure your yard is free of spilled birdseed if you have a bird feeder.
- Do not approach or feed wild animals.
- Supervise your pets when they are outside (i.e. do not allow your cats to roam).
- Always walk your dog on a leash.
Information on other urban wildlife can be found in the Integrated Pest Management Plan. Including how the City handles beavers, birds, foxes, deer, moose, gophers, porcupines, skunks, squirrels, and more.
Last edited: June 28, 2017