| ||One of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s (ARD) goals is the safety of Alberta’s food chain as well as the protection of property and humans from declared pests and nuisances in the Province of Alberta.
Purpose | Duty of Individual | Pest versus Nuisance | Wild boar - new minimum containment standards |Inspectors | Powers of Inspector | Role of ARD
The Agricultural Pests Act and associated Pest and Nuisance Control Regulation are in place to manage, control and eradicate various pests and nuisances in the Province of Alberta.
Duty of Individual
An owner or occupant of land may prevent the establishment of, control and destroy a nuisance on land. An owner/occupant will take active measures to prevent the establishment of pests on or in the land, property or livestock unless otherwise authorized by the Minister. The owner/occupant is also responsible to control or destroy all pests on or in the land, property or livestock unless otherwise authorized by the Minister, and destroy any crop, vegetation or other matter that contributes or may contribute to the maintenance or spread of pest on or in the land, property or livestock.
Pest versus Nuisance
The difference between a pest and a nuisance is the method in which they are controlled.
A pest shall be eradicated and a nuisance is to be controlled.
Examples of a nuisance include: coyote, skunk, Richardson’s ground squirrel, deer mouse, house mouse, English sparrow and magpie.
Examples of pests are: Dutch elm disease, Norway rat, warble fly, rabies and wild boar.
A complete list of Pests and Nuisances is available under sections 2 and 3 of the Pest and Nuisance Control Regulation.
An “animal” or “bird” does not include: big game, a bird of prey, a game bird or an endangered animal (as per the Wildlife Act).
Wild Boar - New Minimum Containment Standards
Effective July 1, 2014, Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) will implement new minimum containment standards for farmed wild boar in Alberta to better prevent farmed wild boar from escaping and therefore preventing the establishment of pests. The new minimum containment standards will operate under authority of the existing Agricultural Pests Act. ARD in conjunction with Agricultural Fieldmen will monitor this process ensuring producer’s meet at least an accepted equivalency for existing fences by October 1, 2014. The accepted equivalency will then be phased out over a five year period ending December 31, 2018, at which time all producers will be required to comply with the minimum containment standards. Also, all new fences will be required to meet the minimum containment standards.
ARD has developed these minimum containment standards with the following goals in mind:
- Least amount of disruption and financial burden for producers; and
- Evidence-based and effective requirements for containing wild boar.
Inspectors are responsible for monitoring and control of the following disease and pests in the province:
An appointed inspector has the authority to inspect properties, set bait and authorize and/or supervise eradication of a pest or nuisance in the Province of Alberta. The inspectors are located throughout the province and any one of the inspectors may be contacted by calling 1-866-252-6403.
- Dutch elm disease (Ophiostoma ulmi and Ophiostoma nova-ulmi);
- Norway rat and any other rat species or strain derived from the genus Rattus;
- Wild boar (Sus scrofa) is declared to be a pest where it is at large in Alberta.
Inspectors may be appointed by a local authority (Agricultural Service Board Act) or by the Minister to carry out this Act and regulations. An agricultural fieldman, by virtue of his position, is an inspector under this Act. The agricultural fieldman can be contacted by calling your local county, municipal district or special areas office.
Powers of Inspector
An inspector may, for the purpose of carrying out his duties, enter at any reasonable hour to inspect the land or any buildings, property or livestock on the land. Reasonable notice must be given to the owner or person in control if there is a deemed requirement for livestock to be assembled and/or confined for the purpose of an inspection.
Role of ARD
ARD provides leadership and support for safe food production systems and global market access for Alberta’s agriculture and food industry through information, services and administration of legislation.
To obtain additional information regarding the Agricultural Pests Act and/or the Pest and Nuisance Control Regulation or if you have questions regarding the interpretation and enforcement of the legislative provisions please contact:
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
Animal Health and Assurance Division
Inspection and Investigation Branch
301 Provincial Building
Red Deer AB T4N 6K8
A toll-free telephone number is available if you wish to report a concern relating to this legislation. ARD’s toll-free hotline telephone number is 1-866-252-6403.