Porcupine beavers busted for dam theft.  |  RCMP photo

Dam good ending to a farm theft

Police in the northeastern Saskatchewan community of Porcupine Plain found themselves with a prickly prairie mystery. What happened to the fence posts? A local person had planned to use the warmer spring weather on May 7 to do some fencing only to find his pile of posts had been pilfered from the property. The local […] Read more

This map shows the plan for development of the Prentice Wildlife Corridor in the Crowsnest Pass.  |  Barb Glen photo

Southwestern Alberta gets wildlife corridor

COLEMAN, Alta. — Bloody smears on Highway 3 between Lundbreck and the British Columbia border are commonplace. They are evidence of vehicle collisions with wildlife on that ever-busier stretch of road. Deer, elk, cougars, wolverines and bears are struck, killing the animals and causing damage and injury to the travelling public. Oct. 26 brought signs […] Read more

Ranchers in some regions of B.C. say they experience extensive feed losses due to elk.  |  Mike Sturk photo

B.C. ranchers demand coverage for wildlife damage to forage

SMITHERS, B.C.- A British Columbia study on forage production indicated more than 60 percent of ranchers cite wildlife damage as their number one challenge. “Every region cites that a major problem,” said Geneve Jasper of the B.C. Ministry of agriculture. Public hearings and an online survey indicated the problem is growing more severe and hampers […] Read more

Grizzly bears can be shot in Alberta only if people feel their lives or other people’s lives are in danger. | File photo

Alberta grizzly bear shooting sparks debate on safety

High Prairie, Alta. — The shooting of a grizzly bear preying on cattle in the Peace district has re-ignited the debate over how far ranchers can go to protect themselves and their livestock. Leroy Scott Peats of the Whitemud Provincial Grazing Reserve near Dixonville, Alta., has been charged for allegedly shooting a female grizzly and […] Read more

South Kamloops rancher Gillian Watt says her llama and Akbash guard dog help protect her sheep from coyotes.  |  Tom Walker photo

B.C. Livestock Protection Program praised

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — The Livestock Protection Program that the British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association launched last spring has the support of the province’s ranchers. “It’s a good program and a necessity,” said Ian Mitchell, who ranches in the North Thompson area. “I don’t remember my parents talking about wolf problems around the kitchen table 30 years […] Read more

A garden party at the Central Experimental Farm, circa 1900.  |  Library and Archives Canada photo

Ottawa research farm under threat

OTTAWA — Ottawa author Richard Hinchcliff has been a friend of his city’s Central Experimental Farm for most of his adult life. “The crop research done there is important right across the country,” he says. “The research is still of great practical benefit, including cereal and oilseeds.” Besides the historic farm buildings, public spaces include […] Read more

Producers have expressed concerns over a plan to move bison into Banff National Park.  |  File photo

Ranchers worry about returning bison to Banff

The major concern is that Plains bison established in Banff National Park will get out of the park and spread disease to cattle

LETHBRIDGE — A plan to release bison into Banff National Park next year has beef producers worried the great beasts could roam further than the park gates. Thirty to 50 Plains bison from Elk Island National Park near Edmonton are moving to Banff, where they will be located on the northeast side of the Cascade […] Read more

Erin Bayne checks a recorder unit that was installed in a fen to monitor bird activity.  |  supplied photo

Listening to rhythms of the Earth

Researcher plants hundreds of microphones to eavesdrop on animal activity and other interactions in the environment

An Alberta researcher is listening for climate change. However, instead of standing beside a field in the hopes of seeing and hearing a bird, Erin Bayne has mounted hundreds of computerized microphones around Alberta to listen to wildlife year round. “There are all kinds of animals that make sounds at all times of the year. […] Read more

Wildlife biologist Greg Wagner looks at a dead snowy owl at the north end of Frank Lake.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Power lines form ‘gauntlet’ for birds: biologist

Biologists are particularly concerned about a new line that is just about ready to be activated near a popular Alberta lake

Bird watchers flock to Frank Lake to observe some of the 194 different birds species that have been identified there. The lake, six kilometres east of High River, Alta., is one of the 597 designated important bird areas of Canada, and at this time of year is a staging site for migrating trumpeter and tundra […] Read more

Producers, trappers and hunters gathered in Tisdale, Sask., Feb. 4 to hear presentations about livestock predation and protection.
|  William DeKay photo

Wolf culling test in Sask. produces few results

Despite demands from cattle producers to kill wolves to protect cattle, studies show it doesn’t always work

About six weeks are left in a wolf pilot project in northeastern Saskatchewan to determine if culling will reduce livestock losses. So far, the results aren’t positive. “Some of the objectives are to actually find out whether a project of this sort works,” said Mike Gollop of the province’s environment ministry. The fur and problem […] Read more