Agricultural Pests & Nuisances
The Beaver County Agricultural Service Board (ASB) strives to fulfill its duties under the Agricultural Pests Act. As such, it endeavors to allocate sufficient resources for the purpose of controlling designated agricultural pests and nuisances and to apply those resources efficiently, so as to maximize the benefits derived by the agricultural sector.
Some of the agricultural pests that are detected, monitored, and if required, managed by the Beaver County ASB include:
Health Canada cancelled the registration of strychnine, and all associated end-use products,
used to control Richardson’s ground squirrels for sale and use in Canada.
- Strychnine sales by registrant were prohibited after March 4, 2021
- Strychnine sales by retailer were prohibited after March 4, 2022
- Strychnine possession and use by end-user is prohibited after March 4, 2023
Contact your local retailer to learn what products are currently available.
Beaver County will investigate the coyote complaints of livestock producers located within the County. Proof of predation must be obtained before authorizing issuance of control materials.
Complaints of predation of livestock by all other wild predators, such as wolves, foxes, and cougars are to be directed to the local office of Alberta Sustainable Resources, Fish and Wildlife office. Complaints of livestock predation and other problems by domestic dogs should be directed to the local RCMP office.
Please call 780-663-3730 to speak to the Agricultural Services Department for more information or for a predation investigation.
Beaver County will provide skunk traps for short term use. Skunk trap requests can be made through the Agricultural Services Department at 780-663-3730
Traps are provided on a first come first served basis with a $100 deposit.
Beaver County carries out beaver control and flood management activities to ensure the integrity of municipal infrastructure, in accordance with the current policy.
For more info on water management click here.
- Prevent damage to the municipal road network (i.e. roads, culverts and bridges) to ensure resident safety
Safety is a Priority
Beaver County may use various methods to control beaver activity, including trapping and dam removal (i.e. removal with hand tools, machinery).
For your safety and ours, please do not approach any County staff or his/her vehicle at any time during these activities - doing so could put you at risk for serious injury and even death.
If you have questions or concerns about the current beaver or other pest control activities in your area, please contact Jonathan Culbert, Agricultural Fieldman at 780-663-3730.
You may also contact the Agricultural Fieldman to submit a beaver-related complaint, regarding municipal infrastructure, so a proper investigation can be conducted.
Beaver County's Beaver Control Incentive Program
This program encourages landowners to participate in mitigation measures on private land through an incentive for beaver control.
If you are interested in the program:
- You must notify the County of all the locations that you are removing beavers from PRIOR to submitting the tails.
- This can be done by calling the office or sending an email to me once you know the locations that you will be trapping on.
- The Beaver Control Incentive Program form is used when the tails are being submitted.
- The Beaver Control Incentive Program – Landowner Form must be signed by the landowner of the property, if they wish for you to receive payment for the tails.
- Call Jonathan Culbert at 780-663-3730 to arrange a time for drop off.
- Tails must be frozen when submitting.
- Bring in the entire tail so that is can be marked.
- Beaver tails that are less than 7.62 centimeters or 3 inches in length will not be accepted for payment.
- All regulations regarding hunting and trapping must be followed.
- Payment is $20/tail: No cash or cheque will be given out at the time that beaver tails are dropped off. Payment information will need to be signed by the person designated to receive the funds and by the Agricultural Fieldman before payment will be processed.
- Payment will be via cheque or EFT following the County’s Policy and Administrative Procedures for Payment of Account.
- The program will be run year round or until the budget has been used for the program.
Again, in order to drop off tails for payment, please call Jonathan Culbert at 780-663-3730 to arrange a drop off time and submit the appropriate paperwork.
Interested in learning the status of insect pests in the province such as Wheat Midge, Bertha Armyworms, Grasshoppers and Wheat Stem Sawfly? Why not check out the Alberta Insect Pest Monitoring Network website developed by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.
The Network provides timely information on:
- insect forecast maps
- what to scout for
- economic thresholds
- and a pesticide selector
Click here to access the Alberta Insect Pest Monitoring Network.
Beaver County does complete sampling for these species and provides data to the Pest Monitoring Network to be included on the provincial map.
Beaver County's Agricultural Service Board strives to prevent Clubroot from establishing within the County and to control any existing infestations. Currently, the County conducts field surveys to detect infestations as per Alberta Agriculture surveying protocols. Sanitation practices are used while County employees are sampling fields.
Beaver County also encourages producers to sample their own fields. Sampling tips may be found at www.clubroot.ca. With early detection, growers, custom operators and others who visit the field can take steps to contain the spores and protect their own fields and those of their neighbours.
If Clubroot is found while sampling, please contact the Agricultural Services Department at 780-663-3730.