Getting Along with the Neighbours: Living in Harmony with Wildlife

raccoon

Skunks, raccoons, coyotes, squirrels, and a whole host of other species indigenous to Canada have become urban pests. This has happened not because they’ve moved into the territory of human beings, but because humans have moved into their home. It’s hard to remember this, though, when some four-legged bandit has emptied your trash bag all … Read moreGetting Along with the Neighbours: Living in Harmony with Wildlife

How to Kill Ground Squirrels and Pocket Gophers

Pocket Gopher

As the snow melts away in western Canada and the signs of spring are appearing, so are thirteen-lined ground squirrels and pocket gophers. The 13 stripped Richardson ground squirrel can easily be identified by its thirteen stripes on its back and its golden brown fur. The pocket gopher has no stripes and is golden brown … Read moreHow to Kill Ground Squirrels and Pocket Gophers

Pest Spotlight: Richardson Ground Squirrel

Ground Squirrel

Scientific Name: Urocitellus richardsonii Common Names: Gopher, Dakrats, Flickertail Color: Brownish – Grey Weight: .44 – .88 pounds, on average Length: 12 inches Fact: A Richardson Ground Squirrel’s aka ‘Gophers’, tail is constantly trembling, hence the nickname “Flickertail”. Habits Richardson Ground Squirrels are generally active during the day in spring and summer months. Females tend … Read morePest Spotlight: Richardson Ground Squirrel