As our city expands, residential areas provide food and shelter for wildlife. It is not uncommon to see skunks, raccoons, porcupines, badgers, foxes, coyotes, deer, moose, or even bears within City limits. While it might be exciting at first, wildlife encounters should be reported immediately as they can be quite dangerous.
Who to contact?
Depending on the animal, different agencies will respond. If you are uncertain, you can always call any one of the following agencies and they can assist you with reporting to the right department.
- For live wild animals, call the Ministry of Environment’s TIP Line at 1-800-667-7561
- For dead animals, call the City of North Battleford's Department of Operations at 306-445-1700 or report through our Service Tracker
- For stray cats or dogs or dangerous dogs, as well as domestic animals at large (cattle, horses, chickens, etc.) call Community Safety Officers at 306-445-1775.
For concerns about animal welfare, please contact the Battlefords Humane Society at 306-446-2700.
Keep a safe distance, and report immediately
If you come across any wildlife, it is important to act appropriately. Confrontations with humans are very stressful for wildlife and can result in serious injuries. Especially when encountering larger animals, it is crucial to follow these steps:
- Do not approach, try to feed, touch, or take pictures of a wild animal.
- Stay calm, back off slowly. Do not run.
- Warn others and report immediately.
If you find a dead animal, please do not touch or try to move it. Report it immediately. Carcasses can pose health risks to both humans and animals and need to be disposed of properly.
Make your home unattractive to animals
Prevent wildlife encounters on your property by making sure you do not unintentionally provide shelter or food sources for animals.
- Keep your yard clean by removing junk, piles of branches and grass clippings.
- Close in spaces underneath decks, patios, and storage sheds.
- Keep garbage bins closed.
- Feed your pets inside and remove any bird feed that gets dropped on the ground.
- Practice proper composting.