Big Lakes pulls out of grasshopper control

Richard Froese
For the Lakeside Leader

Grasshoppers are no longer under control measures by Big Lakes County. However, programs to control coyotes and wild boars will continue.
At its Oct. 25 meeting, council approved a recommendation by the Ag Service Board to no longer offer grasshopper control services. The grasshopper policy had last been revised in 2011.
“In supplying residents with product under the current policy, the county is acting as a vendor without a vendor license,” said county public works director Vic Abel in a written report for council. “In giving out product, the county assumes liability for the results of use.”
Council also passed a recommendation to adopt a new policy on coyote control. It did not previously have one.
“Control of coyote populations to reduce predation is a priority for Big Lakes Agricultural Service Board,” Abel said.
Council further approved a recommendation to participate in the provincial wild boar bounty program, which has been extended to March 31 of next year. In 2014, the province implemented the program, which provides a $50 bounty for each set of ears turned in by participating municipalities. Big Lakes matched the bounty for a total of $100 per set of ears, Abel said.

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