Residents of St. Albert and Sturgeon Counties have the opportunity to participate in a free consultation this November, focusing on effective ways to prevent wild animals from causing damage to their yards. In this online talk, Bill Abercrombie, a renowned Animal Control Specialist from Bushman Inc., will provide valuable insights on safeguarding properties against common animals such as raccoons, skunks, moose, deer, foxes, and more. This educational session is part of the Wild series, organized by the City of St. Albert and Sturgeon County, which aims to raise awareness about local wildlife.
Melissa Logan, the environmental coordinator for the City of St. Albert, mentioned that previous talks in the series had centered around coyotes due to the numerous inquiries received by city and county officials. This upcoming session will shed light on other prevalent insect pests in the region, with an emphasis on coexisting harmoniously with them. Logan stated, “It’s not possible to remove them all, nor do we want to.”
With 40 years of experience as a professional trapper, Abercrombie frequently collaborates with communities in the Edmonton area, addressing wildlife-related concerns. In Sturgeon County specifically, Abercrombie highlighted three animals that cause the most issues: coyotes, beavers, and raccoons. Coyotes, being abundant in Sturgeon County, can pose threats to livestock and pets. Additionally, beavers, while crucial for creating wetland habitats, can also cause havoc by obstructing ditches, flooding roads, and causing trees to fall onto properties and vehicles. Due to their scarcity of natural predators, the beaver population can quickly spiral out of control.
Abercrombie stressed that in many cases, animals become problematic because they are fed intentionally or unintentionally through actions like spilled birdseed, unsanitary garbage, or fallen fruit. Unfortunately, this often leads to the demise of the animal. Feeding wildlife creates a dependence on human-provided food sources, ultimately resulting in aggression, property damage, and a need for lethal measures.
According to Abercrombie, the initial step in dealing with any wildlife issue is to thoroughly investigate the situation. If an animal is drawn to a yard due to food availability, cleaning up bird droppings and fallen fruit can deter them. Certain animals can also be discouraged by playing the radio or producing loud noises. If an animal is present but not causing harm, it may be best to leave it alone. However, if pests like squirrels take up residence in the attic, trapping them becomes necessary after sealing off any potential entry points into the home. Abercrombie emphasized that firearms are not the solution to all problems.
While encountering wildlife from a distance can be pleasant, Abercrombie cautioned against encouraging wild animals to remain in close proximity to residential areas. He reminded people that these animals are still wild and their behavior can quickly change.
Abercrombie’s talk will take place on November 8th, from 7 to 8 p.m., and will be recorded for future reference on the City of St. Albert’s YouTube page. Registration for the event can be done at bit.ly/3tRljvm.
1. How can I attend the free consultation on preventing wild animals from damaging my yard?
Residents of St. Albert and Sturgeon Counties can register for the online talk given by Bill Abercrombie on November 8th, from 7 to 8 p.m. The registration link can be found at bit.ly/3tRljvm.
2. Which animals will be discussed in the session?
The talk will cover various common animals such as raccoons, skunks, moose, deer, foxes, and more, and will provide insights on protecting properties from their damaging activities.
3. Who is Bill Abercrombie?
Bill Abercrombie is an Animal Control Specialist from Bushman Inc. with 40 years of experience in trapping and working with communities to address wildlife-related issues.
4. Why are previous talks in the series focused on coyotes?
Coyotes have garnered significant attention as city and county officials have received numerous inquiries about them. Thus, the series has dedicated previous sessions to address coyote-related concerns.
5. How can humans coexist with insect pests in the region?
The upcoming talk will specifically address prevalent insect pests in the area and emphasize strategies for coexisting with them effectively.
6. Will the session be available for viewing after the live event?
Yes, the talk will be recorded and archived on the City of St. Albert’s YouTube page for future reference.