Wildlife

Fawns  in Cochrane

Fawns and their protective moms are in town. As these graceful creatures navigate urban areas, let's do our part to ensure their safety and well-being. 

Here are some tips: 

  • Keep your distance: Admire from afar and avoid approaching fawns or their mothers. 
  • Leash your pets: Help prevent accidental confrontations by keeping dogs on a leash. 
  • Secure your yard: Fawns may wander into yards, so make sure fences are intact to prevent them from getting stuck or injured. 
  • Spread awareness: Share these tips with neighbors to promote coexistence and respect for wildlife. 

Together, let's create a peaceful environment where fawns and their moms can thrive! 

Bears in Cochrane

There has been a recent increase in the number of reports about bears in residential neighborhoods. When winter approaches, bears are looking for as much food as they can before hibernation. To help bears not associate humans with food, for our safety and theirs, please: 

  • Put waste, recycling and organics carts out in the morning, not the night before.
  • Keep compost indoors; outdoor compost attracts bears.
  • Remove bird feeders when bears are active (April 1- November 30); clean up any spilled bird seed.
  • Clean your barbecue; scrub after each use, and store in a garage or shed. 
  • Consider removing fruit trees and berry bushes; pick the ripening fruit as early as possible, and store in secure, airtight containers.
  • Never leave food out for wildlife.
  • Let your neighbors know if you've seen a bear nearby; talk to them about being BearSmart at home. 

Foxes in Cochrane 

As spring unfurls its beauty across Alberta, foxes are becoming more prevalent, underscoring the importance of responsibly managing attractants to ensure the safety of both humans and wildlife. It is important to learn how to safeguard against potential conflicts by securing trash, removing tempting food sources, and sealing off potential hiding spots.  

Here's how:

• Secure trash: Keep garbage cans tightly sealed to avoid attracting foxes. 

• Remove food sources: Store pet food indoors and clean up fallen fruits or birdseed. 

• Close off hiding spots: Seal off crawl spaces and other potential shelters to discourage foxes from nesting.

 • Educate neighbors: Spread the word about attractant management to create a fox-friendly community.

Skunks in Cochrane 

Skunks are remarkable creatures with unique behaviors and characteristics. Understanding more about them can help foster empathy and respect, leading to a harmonious relationship with these charming yet often misunderstood animals.

During mating season, which typically occurs from February to March in our region, skunks become more active as they seek out potential mates. Male skunks may travel long distances in search of females, while females release pheromones to attract mates. Understanding these behaviors can help us navigate encounters with skunks during this time.

 Here are some tips to navigate this season smoothly:

  • Keep your distance: Skunks may be more territorial during mating season, so give them space to do their thing.
  • Secure your trash: Avoid attracting skunks by keeping garbage cans tightly sealed.
  • Leash your pets: Keep your furry friends under control to prevent unexpected encounters.
  • Stay vigilant: Be aware of your surroundings, especially during dawn and dusk when skunks are most active.
  • Educate others: Spread the word about skunk mating season and how we can all play a part in peaceful coexistence.

Let's coexist peacefully with these clever creatures by effectively managing attractants.

Coyotes in Cochrane 

Coyotes are a sign of a healthy ecosystem and help control the population of other wildlife such as rodents, but they should still be treated with care and caution. Always keep the following in mind: 

  • Clean and maintain bird feeders and fruit-bearing trees and shrubs.
  • Put your waste, recycling and organics bins out on the morning of collection (before 7 a.m.). 
  • Clean up after pets; animal feces attracts coyotes.
  • Keep cats indoors.
  • Don't leave pets unattended in your yard.
  • Keep dogs on-leash except in designated off-leash areas. 

For more information on living with wildlife, see Alberta’s website: 

Living With Wildlife

If you encounter a bear or wildlife that may be a public safety concern, report it to the 24-hour Report a Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800.