Rats and Gophers
The municipality engages the services of a pest control officer to conduct farm site inspections.
Bait is available to the agricultural ratepayers of the municipality, at no charge; with the following conditions:
- bait cannot be applied in residential areas;
- bait must be used only on properties owned or leased by the person obtaining the bait;
- landowners must sign an acknowledgment for the amount of bait received.
Mice - Hantavirus Risks and Prevention
Feral Wild Boar
Bylaw No. 2011-22 prohibits the running-at-large of dogs within the RM. If you find a dog running-at-large the you can deliver the animal to the Regina Humane Society, where it will be impounded for three days. If claimed within the impoundment period, the owner will be required to pay all associated costs. If a dog is not claimed, it may be adopted or euthanized.
Bylaw No. 2013-5 states :no person within the Rural Municipality who owns a dog or other animal shall allow the animal to disturb the comfort of other persons in the vicinity by way or barking, howling, or creating any other noise. The RM accepts no responsibility for dogs found or causing nuisances in other areas of the municipality.
Skunks and Moles
The RM has a limited number of skunk and mole traps available for ratepayers use. Please contact the municipal office to arrange for pickup.
In an effort to minimize the spread of the West Nile virus and to protect the public - the RM has initiated a mosquito control program within the Emerald Park area. The control program is operated under Saskatchewan Environment using a larvicide called Vectobac. The larvacide is applied to standing bodies of water by a licenced applicator approximately six times throughout the season.
Coyotes can be found in any open space, parks, neighborhoods and even commercial areas. As people and their pets spend more time outdoors, the possibility of a coyote encounter increases. Coyotes may try to push you out of an area to protect their pups or food sources when you encounter them on a trail. Humans may perceive this behavior as stalking, which is usually not the case. They may also view your pet as prey.
To keep yourself and pets safe, please follow these safety tips:
- Keep unattended cats and dogs indoors or in completely enclosed runs, especially at night, and do not assume that a fence will keep a coyote out of your back yard.
- Never feed coyotes, deer or other wildlife. Feeding them endangers your family and neighbours as it lures coyotes into neighbourhoods.
- Remove attractants such as pet food left outside, fallen fruit, dirty barbecue grills and unsecured trash or compost.
- Accompany your leashed pet outside. Make sure you turn on lights if it is dark to check your back yard for unexpected wildlife.
- Keep dogs on short leashes while walking outside.
- Children shouldn’t be left unsupervised if a coyote is in the area.
- Have noisemakers on hand to scare away coyotes that may enter your yard, such as whistles and horns. Yell, clap hands, blow a whistle and try to make yourself look larger if you have a close encounter with a coyote.
- Don't run away from or turn your back on a coyote.
- Do not allow a coyote to get in between you and your pet or child—keep children close to you.