A couple of moose were spotted in the southwest communities of Aspen Woods and Strathcona Park earlier this month, prompting more awareness and media coverage surrounding wildlife in the city limits.
City wildlife officials say that moose are generally not aggressive towards people, but there are some things you should be aware of when it comes to any large wildlife:
- If you don’t have to walk in the direction the animal, don’t.
- If you find a large animal in an enclosed space, make sure there is an exit (opening up a gate or fence for example).
- Keep your pets and children indoors until the animal is gone.
- Don’t try to scare the animal away with yelling or throwing anything at it.
- When it comes to large animals (bears, moose, coyotes, cougars) and there appears to be immediate danger, call 911.
- When it comes to encounters with animals like badgers or wolves, you can call Alberta Environment and Parks at 403-297-6423 if you have a problem. Alternatively, after-hours you can call them at 1-800-642-3800.
There are other types of wildlife you may encounter that may be more of a nuisance than an actual threat, in these cases it is advised you call local pest control if you deem they are causing issues in or near your home. These animals would include:
If there is not an emergency and you spot a coyote or a rat, you can report it to the City of Calgary by calling 311 or 403-268-2489 from outside city limits.
Deer are probably are most common encounters with wildlife in Calgary, and the City has specific instructions for dealing with them:
If left alone, deer pose minimal risk to the public. Citizens are advised:
- To reduce speed in areas frequented by deer.
- If deer are not trapped by fence, they are generally able to find an escape route
- If deer appear to be injured, yet are still mobile, their likelihood of survival is high.
- If deer are injured and not mobile (for example they are laying down), call Alberta Fish and Wildlife at 403-297-6423 or 1-800-642-3800 (after hours).
- Young deer may appear to be orphaned, but should be left alone. Often they are hidden, while the parents forage for food.
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