City Wildlife

Alberta's raccoon population is expanding into St. Albert. Raccoons are very adaptable and take advantage of human activities to survive. The City is asking residents to help track raccoons by reporting sightings to Public Works at 780-459-1557. For details on raccoon behaviour and prevention tips for your property visit Alberta Environment and Parks.

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 or Aggressive Wildlife

If you are concerned about an injured or aggressive animal:

 Large Wildlife (moose, deer, coyote, cougar) 

Small Wildlife (babies, birds, and other animals)

Wildlife Vehicle Collision

  • RCMP and Municipal Enforcement Services non-emergency telephone line at 780-458-7700. 

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.

Wildlife on the Rail Corridor

To address concerns of wildlife in the rail corridor, the fence was designed and installed at 6 feet in height, which can be jumped by both deer and moose. The recommend minimum height to keep moose or deer confined or excluded is noted as 8-9 feet in the Alberta agriculture and Parks Canada guidelines.

The tops of the chain link have been bent over to make them smoother and less damaging to an ungulates’ belly should they jump over the fence. The fence has also been installed level instead of following the changes in the ground elevation, allowing for small mammal passage underneath.

The City collaborates with CN on rail safety programing and operations. Safety measures such as visual and audio warning systems, to clear driver and pedestrian signage have been installed to inform and encourage safe road user behaviour.

Further questions or concerns on transportation safety or rail operations in St. Albert may be forward to trafficsafety@stalbert.ca

Background: The rail line fencing in St. Albert was installed to minimize and deter trespassing along the rail corridor. The project was funded 50% by the Federal Rail Safety Improvement Program (RSIP). The fence is installed at the property line of the rail corridor right of way and is not immediately adjacent to the actual rail line. This spacing typically leaves a minimum of 5 m or greater between the fence and rail line, to which ample spacing is available for animals to maneuver and not be in direct conflict with the rail line.

Resources

You can also visit Alberta Environment and Parks or WILDNorth for more information on how to deal with wildlife concerns.


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Last edited: May 26, 2020