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The parasite is a potentially lethal tapeworm that can infect humans through the feces of coyotes and dogs.

New tapeworm species infecting people in Alberta

There have only been five cases so far 
but experts are urging dog owners to 
take precautions

There’s a new parasite in Alberta being spread by coyotes, but there is no reason to be overly alarmed, says an infectious diseases expert. “We’re definitely not trying to encourage wholesale panic,” said Stan Houston, a professor at the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health. The parasite, introduced from Europe, is a potentially lethal […] Read more



It ain’t pretty but it works. This old cement mixer is now composting deadstock on Marty Winchell’s operation.

Could a cement mixer have a place on your operation?

Composting deadstock is no different than garden waste — 
except you need a really big composter

If you’re in a wildlife corridor, the last thing you want to do is attract predators to your place. But that’s not easy if, like Marty Winchell, you’re raising sheep, pigs, laying hens and bees, as well as custom grazing cattle. Which is why there’s an old cement mixer sitting in his yard. His mixer […] Read more

A recent survey found three-quarters of Alberta producers have suffered predation loss, mostly from coyotes, but most never report the loss.

Wildlife damage is a problem — but not reporting a bigger one

Program changes aren’t going to happen if producers don’t start reporting wildlife losses

Wildlife damage is a big problem across Alberta — but you wouldn’t know it from the number of beef producers reporting losses to the Alberta government. About 60 per cent of producers recently surveyed about wildlife damage said that they never reported losses from predators, while 80 per cent never reported forage competition from ungulates. […] Read more



Gerty Sorensen and husband Albert are sheep producers from Bezanson who have had issues with coyote control.

Lamb producers tallying the cost of coyote predation

Coyotes are classed as pests, and so producers receive no compensation for lost livestock

It’s always a nightmare when a sheep producer goes out into the yard and sees that an animal has been ripped apart by predators. “Some years are worse than others,” said Bill Gibson, a sheep producer near Bashaw. “We did lose 25 lambs one year in a short period of time, and that was very […] Read more