A pest control bylaw went through its first reading at the City Council meeting on Monday, February 12th. 

"It's been expanded now," explained Estevan Parks Manager, Rod March, "and the premise of the new bylaw was to update the old one to include the aspects of the Wildlife Act. What's happening now is conservation officers no longer look after anything smaller than an ungulatewithin a city. They'll look after deer and stuff like that but basically they've offloaded the responsibility of coyotes to the City. So now we have to deal with that, and that's fine."

Because of the changes, March is undergoing training to allow him to shoot coyotes and other wildlife within city limits with a tranquilizer. 

"So the next steps to that is that I work with the Estevan Police Service and I work with conservation officers to get the proper permits. Once that's done, then I can safely remove the coyotes from the city with the help of the Estevan Police Service."

"Because we don't want to destroy any animals within city limits and it's a bylaw as well that no one other than a peace officer can use a firearm in the city. So what I'm going to be doing is using a tranquilizer gun instead of an actual firearm. It's still a restricted weapon so I have to have a restricted possession and acquisition license. Basically I'll just be tranquilizing the animals to remove them from the city."

He added that while coyotes aren't a big problem in Estevan yet, they are seeing an increase in calls.  

"We're still working with conservation officers as this transition occurs, but in the very near future, I would say, maybe a month, then I'll be looking after all of it."

March is still finishing up his training with the College of Veterinarians so he will be able to out the animals to sleep safely.

"All it is, is instead of shooting an actual firearm, you're firing a dart full of medicine that will put them to sleep. You can't purchase that medicine without having specific training." 

He added that it's not just coyotes that he will be watching out for.

"The way we look at it is whether or not they are a vector for disease. Coyotes is a perfect example where they carry rabies and they're known for that.  Basically anything that carries a disease in the city. That's why we look after rat control, they carry disease, mosquitoes obviously carry diseases, skunks carry diseases so we make sure to control all of those animals."

Oxbow holds an annual cull to thin out the population of coyotes in that area.

"Things like rabbits, we don't necessarily deal with because they're not causing a huge problem and they don't carry a disease that's transmittable to humans." 

"If you do see a coyote at this time, we know there's a couple around, you can always give us a call here at the City and we'll deal with it, either through a conservation officer or EPS at such time I'm licences to carry that dart gun and then I'll take care of them."

Outside the city, conservation officers will still handle calls. 

The bylaw also includes weed control as well. 

"And that's always been in legislation. Mostly what we deal with around here are nuisance weeds. Those are your dandelions and stuff like that. So if there is a complaint lodged, then we have to deal with it."

He added that usually a bylaw order is given to a resident and they typically clean it up before the city needs to go onto the property and take care of the problem.

More Local News

Kinsmen, Kinettes Hold Days Of Kindness

Saturday was a time to make smiles happen, as the Estevan Kinettes Club held their annual Day of Kindness. "We like to go around Estevan and do random acts of kindness for people, just to bring a…

January Impaired Driving Stats Show Slight Decline

Drinking and driving, among other problematic habits that commonly occur in motorists, still seems to be an issue in Saskatchewan. Law enforcement in the province reported 221 impaired driving…

Ministry of Highways See Less Snowfall Than Last Year

Overall it's been a pretty good winter for highway crews and snow plows with the colder weather. "We haven't had significant snow falls like last year in the Southeast and the snow hasn't been…

Update On Water Main Break

There is an update on the water main break in the Town of Midale. "We have isolated the water effecting Churchill street between Grandview Avenue and College Avenue," shared Linda Dugan the…

Redvers Health Center Looks To Improve Residents Lives

The Redvers Health Center has been focusing on trying to improve the residents lives. "The Sun Country health region has a effort out to improve and increase the mobility of the residents, if they…

Local Pilot Participates In Fundraising Adventure Over South America

For most Canadians, especially residents of rural Saskatchewan, seeing the humid, leafy jungles and warm, shiny beaches of Central and South America would be a dream or retirement goal. However, one…

Strong Cattle Prices Cause for Optimism

Strong cattle prices have some producers in the southeast feeling better about their future. "We've had a strong market all through 2017," explained Brian Perillat, the Manager and Senior Analyst at…

Salvation Army Food Bank A Big Success So Far

Overall the Salvation Army Food bank has seen a great year so far. "The food bank is quite busy right now, this year for the first 6 weeks of the new year we're up 25% over the last year," stated…

Declining Workplace Injury Rates A Good Sign For The Southeast

Saskatchewan's overall 2017 workplace injury rate declined by 5.4 percent from 2016, according to stats released by the Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board, in what has been a trend for the last…

Water Main Break in Midale

The town of Midale is advising residents that there is a water main break in the north part of the town. This break may impact water supply and a water advisory may be forthcoming. We will update…

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

Search the Biz Guide

Kids Who Code

26 February 2018 4:00 pm

Estevan Public Library, Estevan





Tween Chefs - Chicken Burritos

26 February 2018 5:00 pm

Estevan Public Library, Estevan





Happy Pits

27 February 2018 5:30 pm

Estevan Public Library, Estevan





Soup and Sandwich Lunch

28 February 2018 11:00 am

Soup and Sandwich lunch, Oxbow





Magic: The Gathering

28 February 2018 5:30 pm

Estevan Public Library, Estevan





Dessert & A Documentary

28 February 2018 6:00 pm

Estevan Public Library, Estevan





"FREE" Information Session for buying a home the first time.

28 February 2018 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Southeast Newcomer services, Estevan





Login