Published on June 16, 2020

Keep Your Distance From Wildlife

More residents are recreating outdoors and with that comes the potential for run ins with urban wildlife. It’s important we share our environment with our wildlife neighbours, so we’ve highlighted key information and helpful tips below to keep everyone safe.

April 1 - August 15 is migratory bird season. Before cutting down/trimming trees, look first to see if any nests are present. If you find a nest, wait to do any work on the tree until the birds have left.


  • A coyote will return to a neighbourhood if shelter or easy meals are available.
    • Work with your neighbours to reduce the following attractants around your home and yard: pet food, garbage, fallen fruit from trees, bird seed, and dog feces.
    • Secure your yard by locking gates and closing openings under fences and decks.
  • For more info, listen to the Urban Coyote Information Line at 780-644-5744.
  • Learn more about coyotes

Raptors (Hawks, Falcons, Owls)

  • Nesting raptors will dive-bomb people/pets; always keep a far distance from nests.
  • If you are in an area with an active nest, carry an umbrella to deter attacks.
  • Keep small dogs/cats indoors at night and don’t let them outside unsupervised.
  • If young fall out of a nest, leave them be and contact WILDNorth at 780-914-4118.




  • Ducks are in nesting season and it’s common to find a nest in your backyard. If you find one: keep your distance, don’t put food out, don’t move it, and never approach it. Ducks/nests are protected under the Migratory Birds Convention Act.
  • If using a motorboat on the Sturgeon River, keep speeds below 10 km/hr or use a canoe/kayak. Wakes from motorboats disrupt shore nesting birds and can inundate nests.
  • If you find ducks in danger, contact WILDNorth at 780-914-4118.
  • Learn more about ducks

Canada Geese

  • Geese will charge humans/animals who get too close to their nest or young.
  • Geese are able to take their young to the nearest water body within a day of hatching; no human intervention is needed.
  • Leave geese/nests alone; they’re protected under the Migratory Birds Convention Act.
  • Never feed geese and always keep a far distance to avoid a problem encounter.
  • Learn more about Canada Geese

Mother and Baby Canada Geese



  • Moose are commonly spotted along St. Albert’s trails and even in neighbourhoods.
  • Moose normally aren’t aggressive, but they may attack when stressed, if they’re a bull moose in the fall mating season, or if they’re protecting their young.
  • Stay a minimum 25 metres away from any moose, even if they appear calm or friendly.
  • On dog walks, have your pet on-leash and don’t allow them to harass the moose.
  • Learn more about Moose

Need to report an injured or aggressive animal? Find contact info on the City Wildlife page.

Learn more about other types of urban wildlife

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Last edited: June 16, 2020