Wildlife habitats are integrated into urban neighbourhoods throughout Sherwood Park. Storm water ponds, rights-of-way and parks also allow many species of wildlife to move freely in proximity to humans. People generally have an appreciation for the biodiversity that exists, but should be aware of the potential challenges that could arise.

Image of a coyote standing on an arterial road

Prevent wildlife on your property

Understanding various animal behaviours and taking small preventative steps can help minimize negative interactions.

Here are few things you can do to deter wildlife from your property:

  • Don’t leave pet food or edible garbage out.
  • Clean up after your pet. Pet feces is an attraction for predators.
  • Remove things that may attract them to your yard such as fallen apples or bird seed that entices rodents or birds.
  • Manage compost to prevent wildlife access.

Talk to your neighbours about following the same steps.

Support for wildlife concerns

Having wildlife in developed areas has its advantages, as some species prey on nuisance species that have adapted to human settlement. Understanding whether there are livelihood, health or safety issues helps determine if intervention is required.

Depending on the animal or the type of concern, the County may be able to provide advice or support. This could include public education, warning signs, or tips on trapping or other deterrent options.

In some cases, provincial or federal legislation guides how different wildlife concerns can be managed, and who is responsible.

For more information or advice about managing interactions with specific wildlife, please click on them below.

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Last updated: Thursday, February 15, 2024
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