With winter, comes winter foragers.  Animal predators in and around the Drumheller area increase in presence during the winter time. The reason? Food.

As it becomes more and more difficult for some of these animals to find food, a pet owner should take preventative measures to ensure their pet is safe.

Scott Ouellette, owner of Cole's Pet Resort, recommended, "They should be on a leash, unless they're in a fenced area."

Ouellette further commented, "The wildlife we have around here, with owls and coyotes, look for prey of opportunity."

The use of leashes or fenced-in areas can only further protect your pet from these animals, as these methods could further decrease your pets' chance of meeting predators of opportunity.

He had a message for cat owners who may let their cats roam freely, "With a cat, it should not be allowed to roam around free, it's also against by-laws."  

If you do come into contact with wildlife that you feel may pose a threat, call the Provincial Fish and Wildlife Office at (403) 823-1670 or a by-law officer at (403) 823-1363.

If the situation is an emergency, immediately contact the city's Emergency Hotline at (403) 823-2512.

More Local News

Valley's miners honored at memorial service

A crowd gathered on Sunday in Miners Memorial Park beside Drumheller Town Hall to pay tribute to some of the people who built this community.

DVSS school choir raises $1000 for class trip

The Drumheller Valley Secondary School choir is heading to Edmonton.

Bike patrols begin this weekend

Winter's over, so bikes and shorts are back in for the RCMP.

DVSS gains new Associate Principal

The Golden Hills School Division has announced the appointment of Dana Yemen to the position of Associate Principal of Drumheller Valley Secondary School.

ATV Safety is a growing concern

It is that time of year again, and people need to be more aware when jumping on an All-Terrain Vehicle. It is important to be aware of the laws that apply when you use your ATV, before you ride.

Buying local keeps money local

Buying local keeps local money in the local economy.

Early numbers show busy Spring Cleanup

The annual Town of Drumheller Spring Clean-up continues to be a huge success.

RCMP gives youth tickets

The Drumheller RCMP gives out tickets for doing good things too.

Hanna women band together to do good

It's one of the most popular crowd funding ideas to come along in years and it's catching on in Hanna. A group of area women have come together to form the group '100+ Women Who Care Hanna.'

Hanna RCMP searching for cat shooter

Hanna RCMP want to know who shot a cat with a pellet gun.

DrumhellerOnline.com is Drumheller's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide