Tips and Information about Local Wildlife

We live in a wildlife corridor and can expect to share the area, especially the river valley, with many animals. We are fortunate to live in an area that has great biodiversity in the species that call this area home. Respecting these wild animals is key to maintaining their diversity and a healthy ecosystem. 

General Tips About Wildlife

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Predators like coyotes and cougars are most active at dusk and dawn. Be cautious in the river valley, especially at these times, or avoid the area. While driving, please remember to slow down for wildlife.

If you spot a cougar, bear or aggressive deer or coyote, please call the Report-A-Poacher line, monitored 24/7, at 1-800-642-3800. If you feel threatened or are under attack by a wild animal call 9-1-1. 

Wildlife in the Area

Relocating Urban Wildlife

Many people feel that the best solution to dealing with problem wildlife (e.g. Deer) 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

Contact Information

  • 9-1-1 Call if you feel threatened by a wild animal at the time of the encounter.
  • Report-a-Poacher: 1-800-642-3800 - To report an aggressive or 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: 403-995-6333 - For more information on vole or deer-resistant landscaping
  • Parks: 403-938-8958 - For more information or general inquiries
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