While home to many helpful and beneficial plants and animals, the RM of Edenwold is also home to invasive species and nuisance animals. If you have any questions about the information below, please contact the RM Office.
The RM's Animal Control Bylaw prohibits dogs from running-at-large within the RM. If you find a loose or lost dog, you can deliver the animal to the Regina Humane Society, where it will be impounded for three days. If claimed within the impoundment period, the owner will be required to pay all associated costs. If a dog is not claimed, it may be adopted or euthanized.
If you find a violent or aggressive dog, do not approach it. Instead, call 911.
The RM hires a pest control officer to conduct farm site inspections.
If you are an agricultural or rural resident, you may be able to receive bait from the municipality at no charge. When receiving bait, you will be required to agree to the following conditions:
- bait cannot be applied in residential areas;
- bait must be used only on properties owned or leased by the person obtaining the bait; and
- landowners must sign an acknowledgment for the amount of bait received.
If you would like bait for rats or gophers, please contact the RM Office at (306) 771-2522 or visit the office at 100 Hutchence Rd., Emerald Park, SK, S4L 1C6.
Skunks and Moles
The RM has a limited number of skunk and mole traps available for resident use.
If you would like a skunk or mole trap, please contact the RM Office at (306) 771-2522 or visit the office at 100 Hutchence Rd., Emerald Park, SK, S4L 1C6.
Richardson Ground Squirrel - Alternatives to Strychnine
In March 2021, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency of Health Canada banned the use of strychnine in controlling Richardson's Ground Squirrel (RGS) (i.e. gopher) populations. As a result of this ban, rural residents and business owners must use alternative products, including Burrow Oat Bait, Rozul RTU Field Rodent Bait, and Ramik Green.
If you previously used strychnine and are interested in alternative options, or have an RGS infestation and would like assistance, please contact the RM Office at (306) 347-2975 or by email at email@example.com
Note: Strychnine alternatives are only available to rural residents and business owners.
Coyotes can be found in any open space, parks, neighbourhoods, and even commercial areas. As people and their pets spend more time outdoors, the possibility of a coyote encounter increases. Coyotes may try to push you out of an area to protect their pups or food sources when you encounter them on a trail. Humans may perceive this behaviour as stalking, which is usually not the case. While coyotes will rarely attack people, they may view your pets as prey.
To keep yourself and your pets safe, please follow these safety tips:
- Keep unattended cats and dogs indoors or in completely enclosed runs, especially at night. Do not assume that a fence will keep a coyote out of your backyard.
- Never feed coyotes, deer, or other wildlife. Feeding wild animals may endanger your family and neighbours as it lures coyotes into neighbourhoods.
- Remove coyote attractants, including pet food, fallen fruit, dirty barbecue grills, and unsecured trash or compost.
- Accompany your leashed pet outside. Make sure you turn on outdoor lights if it is dark, and check your backyard for unexpected wildlife.
- Keep dogs on short leashes while walking outside.
- If a coyote is in the area, do not leave children unsupervised.
- Have noisemakers, like whistles and horns, on hand to scare away coyotes that may enter your yard.
- If you encounter a coyote, yell, clap your hands, whistle, and try to make yourself look large. And whatever you do, do not run away or turn your back on a coyote.
- If you encounter a coyote, do not allow it to get between yourself and your pet or child.
In an effort to minimize the spread of West Nile Virus and to protect the public, the RM has initiated a mosquito control program within the Emerald Park area. The control program is operated under Saskatchewan Environment using a larvicide called vectobac. The larvacide is applied to standing bodies of water by a licensed applicator approximately six times throughout the season.
If you have questions about the municipality's mosquito control program, please contact the RM Office at (306) 771-2522 or visit the office at 100 Hutchence Rd., Emerald Park SK, S4L 1C6.
All residents engaged in organic farming must advise the RM Office accordingly. Organic farming regulations may require that organic farms maintain a buffer, and, in such cases, the adjacent road may not be included in this buffer. Please contact the RM Office for more information at (306) 771-2522, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invasive Plant Species
The proper cultivation of land and control of noxious weeds is encouraged throughout the municipality. If a noxious weed is spreading due to neglect, RM Council may take action against the perpetrator under the provisions of the Noxious Weeds Act.
SARM manages an Invasive Plant Control Program that can be used to subsidise the purchase and application of eligible herbicides. For more details, click here.
Clubroot is a soil-borne disease affecting canola and vegetables. Clubroot affects canola yield and quality and its impact depends on soil conditions and the growth stage of the crop when infection occurs. Clubroot is a declared pest in Saskatchewan under the Pest Control Act and should be treated as soon as it is noticed.
Since 2005, RM Council has reimbursed residents for the purchase of Tordon 22K, a chemical used to stop the spread of leafy spurge. Residents can receive up to $5000 a year (except for taxes which are non-refundable.
To apply, please fill out the rebate form and submit it to the RM Office by mail to 100 Hutchence Road, Emerald Park, SK S4L 1C6, in-person, or by email to email@example.com.
Wild parsnip is a noxious weed listed under The Weed Control Act. It can cause burns similar to a chemical burn or extreme sunburn if skin comes into contact with wild parsnip sap and then is exposed to sunlight. If you come into contact with wild parsnip, wash the area thoroughly, immediately cover the area, and seek medical attention as soon as possible. Wild parsnip blisters can take a few days to appear.
Note: Wild parsnip looks very similar to cow parsnip, a common native plant species. The primary difference is the colour of the flowers: Wild parsnip's flowers are yellow, while cow parsnip's flowers are white.