Gophers beware: The Municipal District of Bonnyville doesn’t want Strychnine access blocked. A federal proposal to remove the poison used on the Richardson’s Ground Squirrel, or more commonly called “gopher”, from the hands of municipalities has been met with resistance. The feds say the poison may end up killing other animals in the process.
The Agriculture Service Board of Canada is in the process of writing a letter urging the government to allow municipalities the right to continue to use the poison. The MD made the announcement at its last council meeting to sign that letter before it is sent off.
The ASB is the only place an Albertan farmer could get Strychnine. The governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan have both come out in opposition to a potential ban.