Beaver Dams, Coyote Control, Wild Boars, Mountain Pine Beetles, Grasshoppers
The County has a policy to investigate beaver dams that are on municipal or crown land and that are interfering in a neighboring agricultural operation.
In terms of Predator Control, coyotes fall within the county jurisdiction. Our program runs in conjunction with Alberta Agriculture Predator Control.
Yellowhead County has implemented a new provincial program to deal with the threat of Wild Boars in Alberta. Please click on the info sheet below to learn more.
Wild Boar (Sus scrofa) identification:
- Purebred wild boars have a coat of long bristly hairs thickening into a mane on the shoulders and neck.
- Thick, dark brown to black hair coat. Coarse hairs on mane and head creamy or silver-tipped.
- The tail hangs straight, not curled.
- Eurasian wild boars have longer legs, larger heads and longer snouts than feral/domestic hogs.
- Larger head to body ration than domesticated varieties.
- The ears are hairy and erect or upright, not floppy.
- Humps on shoulders and back sometimes evident.
- Males have four canine teeth (tusks) used for defense and to establish dominance.
Mountain Pine Beetles - What Can You Do?
Yellowhead County Residents play an important role in managing the mountain pine beetle infestation. Early detection and control is critical in managing Alberta's MPB infestations and preventing further spread. A downloadable PDF MPB brochure gives details on Mountain Pine Beetle identification, prevention, and removal. For more information visit our Mountain Pine Beetle page.
There are more than 80 species of grasshoppers in the Canadian Prairies. Not all of them are pest species. In fact, only about 10 grasshopper species cause problems for agricultural producers. Most of the damage to crops and forages is caused by only six of these species.
The primary way Clubroot spreads is by soil movement from infected fields to non-infected fields. This may be done by soil falling off of farm machinery, vehicles, and off-highway vehicles. It may also be spread by wind and water erosion. Equipment sanitation is essential to preventing establishment of clubroot.
Rotation of crops is highly recommended to prevent the severity of clubroot in ones fields. Continuous cropping of canola may increase the likelihood and severity of infection. There are no treatments currently available for clubroot infected fields/plants so prevention practices are highly recommended. Some things you can do to prevent establishment of clubroot as:
- Check fields regularly and look for abnormalities such as galls and/or clubs on roots, premature ripening and/or wilting plants
- Sanitize machinery, vehicles and equipment before moving in to a new area with a solution of 1% bleach and 99% water
- Use clubroot resistant varieties of seed for planting
Please see www.clubroot.ca for more details or contact the Yellowhead County Agricultural Department in the Wildwood County Office at: 5304 Rge Rd 92A or call toll free: 1 800 814-3935