Pest/Predator Control

Beaver Dams, Coyote Control, Wild Boars, Mountain Pine Beetles, Grasshoppers

Beaver Dams

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.

Coyote Control

In terms of Predator Control, coyotes fall within the county jurisdiction. Our program runs in conjunction with Alberta Agriculture Predator Control.

Coyote Control Policy

Wild Boars

Wild Boars are considered a Pest when at large in Alberta.  If you have Wild Boars you are required to follow Alberta's Regulations on the Minimum Containment Standards.  For more information on Wild Boars or the Regulations click the link below to be directed to Alberta Agriculture's website.$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/bus16299

 09.18 Regulate Prohibited Animals with Yellowhead County

Wild Boars 2009 014Wild 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.

Grasshopper Identification Guide


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 for more details or contact the Yellowhead County Agricultural Department in the Wildwood County Office at: 53404 Rge Rd 92A or call toll free: 1 800 814-3935

Clubroot of Brassicaceae Policy 6300.06



County Offices


2716 - 1 Avenue,Edson,AB. T7E 1N9
Phone: 780-723-4800
Toll Free: 1-800-665-6030
Fax: 780-723-5066


53404 Rge Rd 92A,Wildwood,AB.
Phone: 780-325-3782
Toll Free 1-800-814-3935
Fax: 780-325-3783

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