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Look at your farm from a bear’s point of view, rancher Jim Duncan said during the West County Ag tour in Clearwater County.

The bear facts: Farming with grizzly bears in your area

Some simple measures can reduce the odds of bears becoming an issue on your ranch or farm

Jim Duncan has his bear stories, but so do all of his neighbours. The Clearwater County rancher has seen bears in his yard looking in the calf sheds, but has never had a calf taken. Wolves, however, have taken two or three animals while cougars — which are out there but rarely seen — have […] Read more

Fish and Wildlife officer Tony Brooks poses with the tranquilized bear that Fish and Wildlife captured on the Korth farm.

Too close for comfort: Farmers recount grizzly bear encounter

Bear makes sheep farm its hunting ground and wreaks destruction before being snared

Bears can wreak havoc on a farm — Norm and Irene Korth learned this the hard way. The couple has a sheep farm in Clearwater County and lamb about 200 head. “About four years ago, we had a grizzly here, but we never did catch him,” said Irene Korth But things escalated this April, on […] Read more


Wolves account for 70 per cent of losses on Alberta ranches, says a new study.

Predator compensation benefits all of society

Ranchers are key to maintaining wildlife habitat but pay a price because of predator losses, which are on the rise


Ranchers play a key role in conservation by keeping their lands available to wildlife, and it’s important that they be compensated for those losses, says a new study “Our paper makes a case that there are benefits… if those ranchers who have depredation programs see some compensation for wildlife to be on their private lands,” […] Read more

Rodney and Tanya Hollman want to give their dog Marleigh the freedom 
to roam but still keep her on their farm property.

Rover will wander no more thanks to GPS technology

Keeping a dog within the confines of your own farm isn’t always easy — but technology is changing that. Rodney and Tanya Hollman, who raise purebred Gelbvieh cattle near Innisfail, recently put an “invisible fence” around their property to keep their nine-month-old Kangal-cross dog Marleigh from wandering. The couple chose the Invisible Fence Brand from […] Read more



Preventing conflicts with bears before they start

It doesn’t matter where you are in the province — Alberta is bear country. Bears prefer to be left alone, but tragedies do happen. It was the death of a woman attacked by a grizzly bear in Canmore in 2005 that led to the creation of the Bearsmart program. The voluntary program is a partnership […] 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



Confused about wildlife compensation?

Alberta Beef Producers has created a road map for accessing compensation programs for carnivore, ungulate, and bird damage to livestock and crops. The system can be “rather convoluted” as there is one process for hay and crop damage, and another for predator damage (but not for coyotes), shot livestock and waterfowl damage prevention. As well, […] Read more