The County has Problem Wildlife Officers that will help you control wild animals that are regulated as pests or nuisances under the Agricultural Pests Act.  Contact our Problem Wildlife Officer if you require assistance with control.     

Common wildlife pests or nuisances found in our County


Beaver dams may pose a threat to roadway infrastructure and cropland. Our Problem Wildlife officers can assist landowners with safe removal of beaver dams and beaver.

  • $150 plus tax per quarter section (up to three dams)
  • $65.00 per dam thereafter.


Our Problem Wildlife Officers can assist with Control of Coyotes and Other Pests in order to control predation or disease caused by pests on livestock, crops and farmland.


Wolves can be predators to the cattle industry. In partnership with Fish and Wildlife our Problem Wildlife officers are available to help.

Norway Rat

Norway Rat control and identification in Alberta.


Skunk facts that don't stink!


Instructions for how to build a live magpie trap are available through Agriculture services.

Wild Boar

Land Use Bylaw 2680 Section 3 prohibits all Wild boar operations, including the raising or keeping of wild boar in the County of Grande Prairie.

Wild boar are considered an invasive species and are a provincially regulated agricultural pest when at large. They are a risk to the environment and the economy as they can damage property, agricultural crops, pastures, and the environment. They are also a major risk to animals due to potential disease transfer, and they are known to be aggressive towards people. 


Wild boar were introduced to Alberta as a way to diversify agriculture in the 1980s and ‘90s. Over the years, many escaped their enclosures and thrived as a feral species. After recognizing the damage these wild boar were causing to crops and livestock, the province initiated a bounty program where hunters could exchange wild boar ears for $50. This program was soon found to be ineffective because the wild boar learned to evade hunting efforts by scattering, shifting their movement patterns, and becoming nocturnal. The only way to eliminate wild boar at large is to eliminate the entire sounder at once. 

Today, awareness and prompt reporting of wild boar remains the most effective way to keep wild boar at bay.  

In Alberta, you are more likely to see signs of wild boar than wild boar themselves. Some signs to look out for include: 

  • Droppings 

  • Crop Damage

  • Wallowing

  • Tracks and Trails

  • Nests

Photos from the Government of Alberta - Signs of wild boar activity | 

If you see wild boar or evidence of wild boar activity, take a picture, note the location, and fill out the provincial online reporting form: 

(Report a Wild Boar Sighting button that links to: Report wild boar | 

Squeal on Pigs! Campaign 

The Alberta Invasive Species Council has initiated a Squeal on Pigs! Campaign to help raise awareness for wild boar in our province. Learn more here. 

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Other Pests and Nuisances

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