Okotoks is located in a wildlife corridor and residents can expect to share the area with many animals such as voles, moles, gophers, skunks, deer, coyotes, foxes, and even the occasional moose, cougar or bear.
The most common wildlife residents will encounter are deer.
General Tips About Wildlife
- feed any wild animal
- approach any wild animal
- distribute bird feed in parks or natural areas
- slow down for wildlife
Many people feel that the best solution to dealing with problem wildlife is to relocate the animal(s). This is not usually a realistic solution for the following reasons:
- urban animals may not have the skills to survive in the wild
- many animals have territories and will create conflict with newcomers
- diseases can be spread
- the problem is being transferred to another jurisdiction
- 9-1-1 Call if you feel threatened by a wild animal at the time of the encounter.
- Fish & Wildlife: 403-652-8330 - To report an injured animal or a bear or cougar sighting
- Municipal Enforcement: 403-938-8913 - To report illegal feeding of deer or other wild animals on public property
- Horticulture Hotline: 403-938-8031 - For more information on vole or deer-resistant landscaping
- Parks: 403-938-8958 - For more information or general inquiries