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    Default rat free alberta is no more and it was discovered in calgary

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    Alberta has had rats for decades, they usually hide out in Edmonton, in the Legislature......get rid of those rats and breath some fresh air into Alberta!!
    Time will tell on this new Alberta Government.

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    Who gives a rat's anyways?

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    A rat in Calgary, they're surprised???? Let me guess, it's name is Ralph?
    LRT is our future, time to push forward.

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    Your thread title is false. Has moahunter been giving you writing lessons?

    A dead rat found Friday in northwest Calgary was likely someone's pet, a city bylaw official says, ensuring Alberta's rat-free status remains intact.
    Metaphors aside, this isn't news. There are a few rats discovered every year. Here are some recent examples:

    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/calgary/sto...-rat-free.html

    http://www.fortsaskatchewanrecord.co...aspx?e=2256179

    Rat control efforts still do succeed for the most part.

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    Maybe get some feral cats?

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    If rats are anything like Mice, they'll be just as hard to get rid of.

    I mean, really?

    Alberta a rat-free province? Do the rats know this? Is there a big sign just outside of Alberta's borders that reads, "If you're a rat, stay out!"?

    I guess the rats weren't reading the signs as they entered, huh?

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    Just HOW did this rat-free myth get started in the first place?

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    Not really a myth...maybe the claim is a little over blown.

    Can't remember when the initiative started but Alberta is basically Rat (rodent style) free. I was done to cut looses to agriculture and has seen benefits across a wide spectrum of industry which is why it is maintained.

    The lose of grain and other products to rats in other areas is very significant, not to mention the other damage the little beasts do and the health issues they create.

    Good program that is inexpensive and effective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cal76 View Post
    Maybe get some feral cats?
    And when we run out of rats, how will we control the feral cats? Bears?
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    I don't know about bears, but dogs definitely won't work:

    There was an old lady who swallowed a cow.
    I don't know how she swallowed a cow.
    She swallowed the cow to catch the dog.
    She swallowed the dog, to catch the cat.
    She swallowed the cat to catch the bird.
    She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,
    that wiggled and wiggled and tickled inside her.
    She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
    I don't know why she swallowed the fly
    I guess she'll die.


    I know an old lady who swallowed a horse...
    She's dead of course!

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    You can find more info on the Rat Patrol (no they don't target politicians) here;
    http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$departm...sf/all/prm3266

    The Alberta government is actively working with the Saskatchewan government to expand the program eastward.

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    Matilda the pet rat that was saved from "death row" in Calgary was flown back to Vancouver today aboard a Westjet "mercy" flight. Come next winter perhaps a person can scam a free flight to the wet coast by saying they want to "escort" a pet rat home to Vancouver.....

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    If there are no rats in Alberta how come they've sold rat poison for decades?

    BS like the "Alberta Advantage" or "City of Champions".

    Well, the last one at least has sarcastic value.

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    What you call "rat poison" - warfarin - is also used for mice. It's also known as coumadin, which is used to treat hypertension.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Hinderks View Post
    Not really a myth...maybe the claim is a little over blown.

    Can't remember when the initiative started but Alberta is basically Rat (rodent style) free. I was done to cut looses to agriculture and has seen benefits across a wide spectrum of industry which is why it is maintained.

    The lose of grain and other products to rats in other areas is very significant, not to mention the other damage the little beasts do and the health issues they create.

    Good program that is inexpensive and effective.

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    Maybe something for a history thread. Interesting posters... Quite an extensive discussion about Alberta's situation.

    On the front lines of humanity’s high-tech, global war on rats | The Verge

    "Alberta had the good luck of being one of the last places rats invaded, and in 1950, the government decided to keep them out rather than try to control them once they gained a foothold. The first and most important step was to teach Albertans — some of whom had never seen rats before — to fear and hate them. Preserved rat corpses were exhibited at schools and fairs, and the government printed World War II-style posters depicting a province besieged by rodent hordes. The message was clear: if the rats were to be kept out, all citizens had to do their part — fortifying their farms, reporting incursions, and if need be, taking up arms."

    http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/13/85...ia-eradication
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    ^

    Good article. Thanks for sharing.

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    Not a rat patrol, but at least Manitoba is getting on board with zebra and quagga mussels.
    http://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.htm...ve=&item=38150

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    Quote Originally Posted by jagators63 View Post
    Just because you are living in Ontario now no need to start dissing our rat free status. When they come in they are located and destroyed, just like it's always been. Some city folks and people not raised here find it hard to believe. Most rat sightings turn out to be muskrats as they like to come out of the swamps in the fall and forage around. I come from a family of farmers and ranchers. No rats around yet. Sorry to disappoint you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sundance View Post
    Not a rat patrol, but at least Manitoba is getting on board with zebra and quagga mussels.
    http://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.htm...ve=&item=38150
    Zebras are a real menace. Can't saddle them either.
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    it is impossible to get rid of rats completely
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    Sorry your wrong jag. It's taken very seriously here. Phone in that you have a rat caught you will have RCMP, city police, fire dept, wildlife people, sheriffs, bylaw guys, detectives and extermination crews around your place for a month. That's how it is here sorry.. Let us know too when you have one caught. I would really like to see it, and don't bring one from Ontario

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    ^^ No, no, he said tats. It's impossible to get rid of tats completely. You must not be listening very caref- ... oh, wait ... never mind ...


    (Kidding! Kidding! )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumbones View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jagators63 View Post
    Just because you are living in Ontario now no need to start dissing our rat free status. When they come in they are located and destroyed, just like it's always been. Some city folks and people not raised here find it hard to believe. Most rat sightings turn out to be muskrats as they like to come out of the swamps in the fall and forage around. I come from a family of farmers and ranchers. No rats around yet. Sorry to disappoint you.
    Don't forget I used to live in Edmonton for 17 yrs and I know Alberta pretty well
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    May I view your rat collection? I've lived here 61 years and don't argue with me about this. Agree to disagree. If rats actually live here the first place you will find them is in the sewers and the haystacks. I'll cover the farming and ranching end, no rats. Now you phone the city boys and ask them how many rats they've seen in the sewers. lol
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    don't be surprised if rats is hiding somewhere in the city undetected
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    City Hall I think

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    maybe hiding in the sewer just like in NYC and Rats infestation in NYC is the worst in America.
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    I'll let someone else comment. I'm getting tired. I am 61 after all.

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    Canada Province Rat-Free for 50 Years

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...0331_rats.html

    There really more rats in Greenland and the Antarctic than in Alberta.

    The only rats most people see in Alberta are muskrats

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumbones View Post
    I'll let someone else comment. I'm getting tired. I am 61 after all.
    I'm tired too and I'm 53 because Alberta is fighting to keep rats free province for years but always manage to show up somehow.
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    RATS!

    I did it for you...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmonton PRT View Post
    RATS!

    I did it for you...

    confess that you did it lol
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    Are you going to rat me out?
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    I'm surprised nobody has made a Harper joke re the thread title...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sundance View Post
    Not a rat patrol, but at least Manitoba is getting on board with zebra and quagga mussels.
    http://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.htm...ve=&item=38150
    About 4 years too late. If they had done this before Lake Winnipeg was infested, the only ways into the Western Canada zebra mussel free zone would have been US border crossings and the one highway to Ontario. It would have been possible to inspect every single arriving boat, 24/7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titanium48 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sundance View Post
    Not a rat patrol, but at least Manitoba is getting on board with zebra and quagga mussels.
    http://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.htm...ve=&item=38150
    About 4 years too late. If they had done this before Lake Winnipeg was infested, the only ways into the Western Canada zebra mussel free zone would have been US border crossings and the one highway to Ontario. It would have been possible to inspect every single arriving boat, 24/7.
    Maybe they had to consult with all the stakeholders first.

    Lake Winnipeg a lost cause thanks to zebra mussels, expert warns - Manitoba - CBC News



    ...zebra mussels will choke out everything else in a lake because they reproduce so quickly, with millions of mussels forming carpets on the bottoms of boats and along lake bottoms.

    "In the Great Lakes there are zebra mussels that are literally metres thick, and it makes the beaches unusable because those shells are very sharp — they're literally like shards of glass, so you can't walk on them barefoot," she said.

    "And then, of course, the ecosystem collapses because they have such a high filtration rate. They're filter feeders, so they will filter out the food that is necessary for the other organisms to survive."

    ...


    Pip said the province was warned years ago, long before zebra mussels appeared in the water, that it had to do something about the invasive species.

    No one believed it was a problem back then, she said.

    "This wasn't taken seriously enough, and this is how we seem to react to every environmental crisis here — that we don't have a problem. Our reaction is, 'Why should we worry when we don't have the problem?'" she said.

    "Then when we do have the problem, well, then it's like, 'Well, who knew?' Well, we did know, but we couldn't get, you know, the people who were in charge to do something more aggressively about it."

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manito...-pip-1.3264283


    http://www.therockymountaingoat.com/...asive-mussels/




    http://webpapersadmin.bcnewsgroup.co...usselfilm6.jpg

    A Mussel Threat: Vernon filmmaker releases documentary on invasive mussels - Lake Country Calendar
    http://www.lakecountrycalendar.com/n...ml?mobile=true




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    One more...

    Asian carp Great Lakes Berm Complete, Will It Stop The Invasion? - The Camping Canuck
    http://www.thecampingcanuck.com/asia...eat-lakes/803/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmonton PRT View Post
    Are you going to rat me out?
    Nah .. why should I rat you out for ??
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    The ratatatat has begun.

    rat-a-tat-tat ....a gun sound
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    Interesting:

    Menopause-causing bait is curbing rat populations in New York | New Scientist

    https://www.newscientist.com/article...s-in-new-york/

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    Maybe there's a fish that feeds on these mussels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmonton PRT View Post
    Canada Province Rat-Free for 50 Years

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...0331_rats.html

    There really more rats in Greenland and the Antarctic than in Alberta.

    The only rats most people see in Alberta are muskrats

    What about Beavers? They are giant rats aren't they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by moahunter View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Edmonton PRT View Post
    Canada Province Rat-Free for 50 Years

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...0331_rats.html

    There really more rats in Greenland and the Antarctic than in Alberta.

    The only rats most people see in Alberta are muskrats

    What about Beavers? They are giant rats aren't they?
    And by my neighbour's count, they've now built 8 dams up the creek on our property and put our bridge under water. However they aren't living and breeding in our cabin, eating our food or pooping everywhere.


    And we can always return to making hats and coats out of beaver pelts if they get on our wrong side.


    Maybe rats aren't so bad:

    5 ways you know you’re eating rat meat – Foreign Policy
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    3. It tastes delicious when brushed with a moonshine glaze and barbecued. Of all the ways Ginn has eaten rat, this is her favorite preparation. A close second is smoked rat jerky served on brioche French toast. So, if you happen to be savoring a moonshine-BBQ dish, or think there is something slightly "rodenty" about the gamey and delicious jerky you are consuming, you might want to check the ingredients.

    4. It looks like lamb. When it’s raw, pinkish/red rat looks very much like lamb. Unfortunately for the Chinese, when ground, rat can look a lot like any generic ground meat. When cooked, rat looks more like rabbit, Ginn thinks, just because of the shape of the cuts.

    ...

    https://www.foreignpolicy.com/2013/0...ting-rat-meat/



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    my nephew lost a rat in alberta once, he had a pet one and somewhere on his journey the rat went missing in alberta.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpongeG View Post
    my nephew lost a rat in alberta once, he had a pet one and somewhere on his journey the rat went missing in alberta.
    As long as it couldn't find a mate, no harm no foul, I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moahunter View Post
    What about Beavers? They are giant rats aren't they?
    Indeed they are, as are squirrels, beavers, etc.
    Did my dog just fall into a pothole???

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    Alberta was rat-free for many decades. It had border rat-patrols that inspected rail cars and other product transportation, if a rat was found, nothing was limited to make sure that all of them were killed. Now, with the cut-backs, we may start seeing rats in Alberta. I'm pretty sure there are rats in Alberta now, but they are probably still just in rural zones, haven't heard any new stories of rats.

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    The stirring story of how Alberta became the first place in the world to banish the rat | Edmonton Journal

    In humanity’s centuries-long battle with the rat, only Alberta has claimed indisputable victory

    TRISTIN HOPPER, August 24, 2018
    https://nationalpost.com/news/canada...banish-the-rat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scona Brat View Post
    Alberta was rat-free for many decades. It had border rat-patrols that inspected rail cars and other product transportation, if a rat was found, nothing was limited to make sure that all of them were killed. Now, with the cut-backs, we may start seeing rats in Alberta. I'm pretty sure there are rats in Alberta now, but they are probably still just in rural zones, haven't heard any new stories of rats.

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    Good old socialism. Even the rats 🐀 have rights. lol. Once Jason is in he will get rid of the bastards. (I doubt theyíre here. The odd one rides in but they kill them.)

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    I don’t understand why Saskatchewan hasn’t started at the Alberta border and cleared out all their rats eastward. At least create a fat free zone in thd middle of their province.

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    History of Rat Control In Alberta

    “...
    A few white rats have been brought in by pet stores, biology teachers and well meaning individuals who did not know it was unlawful to have rats in Alberta. The white rat or laboratory rat is a domesticated Norway rat. If white rats escaped captivity or were turned loose, they could multiply and spread throughout Alberta just like the wild Norway rat.

    Consequently, white rats can only be kept by zoos, universities and colleges as well as recognized research institutions in Alberta. Private citizens may not keep white rats, hooded rats or any of the strains of domesticated Norway rats.

    Perhaps the greatest "problem" is that most residents of Alberta still cannot identify rats and rat signs. In the fall of 2014, a new telephone number, 310-RATS, was initiated to provide an easy to remember number to encourage citizens to report rat sightings.
    ...”

    http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/All/agdex3441
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    makes it sooo much easier to not give a rat's ***** - we don't have any!
    I am in no way entitled to your opinion...

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    The rat-free status of Alberta is total propaganda garbage.

    There have been rats caught twice at places I've worked in during the last five years. They are rare, but they do exist -- and are commonly brought in with food shipments and the like. Like fruit flies and other pests.

    It is true that when they are found, basically no effort is spared to destroy the entire infestation.

    Instead of trumpeting a rat-free status that does not exist and cannot exist, it would be better to describe the ways they are fought, to keep them at the near-invisible minimum.

    But yadda yadda, the real rats (the political ones) gotta have their lies to carp on about.
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    Please provide a more accurate phrase.

    Rat mostly free? Periodically rat free? Or: periodically not rat free?


    The propaganda department is slipping:


    Alberta’s Rat Control Program



    Alberta's Rat Control Program



    Download 5771K pdf file ("Alberta's_Rat_Control_Program-February_2018.pdf")PDF
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    What does Alberta’s Rat Free Status really mean?

    It means that there is no resident population of rats in Alberta. They are not allowed to establish themselves in this province.

    It does not mean that we never get rats.

    Occasionally small infestations are found in Alberta. The difference is that when found, the rats are isolated and eradicated through proven control methods.”



    http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/com14443

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    Alberta's Rat Control Program Main Page
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    Alberta continues to be the only rat free jurisdiction in the world – something Albertans can take great pride in.

    Through the vigilance of farmers, municipalities and counties, pest control officers, and the government’s rat control staff, rats have been prevented from becoming established in Alberta, ensuring that we retain our rat free status.

    The province has control agreements with the participating Counties and Municipal Districts within the Rat Control Zone along the Saskatchewan border and provides funding to these rural municipalities to deliver the Rat and Rabies Control Programs. Alberta also purchases the bait for this program and provides annual funding to the 70 Agricultural Service Boards to enforce legislation related to weeds, pests, and soil conservation


    http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/bus14446


    July 19, 2018 6:05 pm Updated: July 19, 2018 7:07 pm Rats in rat-free Alberta? Province confirms 3 found in Calgary in 2018 By Lauren Pullen Global News


    https://globalnews.ca/news/4342316/r...-free-alberta/



    More than a dozen rats found on rural Alberta property | Globalnews.ca

    “The province has zero tolence for rats,” said Storch.

    “It’s a rat free zone. We have no resident populations of rats established here.”


    https://globalnews.ca/news/2282441/m...erta-property/





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    Apparently it's very un-Albertan and un-Canadian to not accept rats in our province. While Alberta has claimed to be rat-free and managed to keep them out and keep them under control, they do still cross into the border in little-known and uncontrolled areas, and in these areas, they are allowed in. But they aren't illegal rats, they're just irregular rats, so that's ok.

    Accept the rat. No matter what you hear from the fear-mongering un-Canadian Speciests, they should be welcomed into our province and allowed to be given all the food, shelter and whatever else they need in order to prosper or fester here and breed, and succeed.

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    Careful. Your post is unfunny and has xenophobic undertones. You know exactly what I mean.
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    Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmonton PRT View Post
    Careful. Your post is unfunny and has xenophobic undertones. You know exactly what I mean.
    Hm, not sure I follow, or why it was funny. I just wanted to comment about the rats in Alberta and thought "What would Justin do?".... And then I just started typing like mad!

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    Alberta will never been totally free from rats because there are many rats that were never discovered in isolated places.
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    No. My family are mostly farmers and acreage dwellers. From the coulees near Drumheller to dairy farmers Leduc to pigeon lake and acreage dwellers from bashaw to Hinton and no, there are no rats to be seen. Sorry to disappoint you. Some do come in but they are immediately iradicated. Try it. Phone 911 and tell them you saw a rat, there will be cops, fire dept, county guys, city guys, sheriffs and wildlife guys. It will be a Big deal and it will be gone. This isnít why you had to leave Alberta is it jag? Lol. (joking)😵
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    Quote Originally Posted by jagators63 View Post
    Alberta will never been totally free from rats because there are many rats that were never discovered in isolated places.
    Not that I’ve ever heard but maybe some encroachment could occur on the BC border in the mountains, but not likely on the Saskatchewan border.

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    Another benefit:


    Rats and pigeons 'replace iconic species' - BBC News


    "We show around the world that when humans modify habitats, these unique species are consistently lost and are replaced by species that are found everywhere, such as pigeons in cities and rats in farmland," said Dr Tim Newbold, a research fellow at University College London.
    Rats, mice, sparrows and pigeons are examples of species with wide ranges that do well when natural habitats are replaced with farmland and cities, he said.
    However, the "narrow-ranged losers" include animals and plants which may have great cultural value, such as...”

    https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46440396

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    Another benefit:


    Rats and pigeons 'replace iconic species' - BBC News


    "We show around the world that when humans modify habitats, these unique species are consistently lost and are replaced by species that are found everywhere, such as pigeons in cities and rats in farmland," said Dr Tim Newbold, a research fellow at University College London.
    Rats, mice, sparrows and pigeons are examples of species with wide ranges that do well when natural habitats are replaced with farmland and cities, he said.
    However, the "narrow-ranged losers" include animals and plants which may have great cultural value, such as...Ē

    https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46440396

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    Alberta has never truly been fat free and thatís never been the point, in my opinion. Rats get in, we deal with them swiftly. You canít put up a wall and keep them out. This isnít Trumpís America.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jagators63 View Post
    Alberta will never been totally free from rats because there are many rats that were never discovered in isolated places.
    Don't know where you get your facts but we have no rats breeding here in Alberta. Whenever rats come into the province, they are eradicated.





    http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/All/agdex3441

    Rat awareness poster from the 1950s.
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    Saskatchewan:


    Total annihilation | Vue Weekly
    2013
    “In Edmonton, we haven’t had a confirmed rat—I don’t think we’ve had a confirmed rat this year. But we will. We’ll get one shortly. It’ll either be a pet rat or one that comes in somewhere. We expect three or four in Edmonton and half a dozen in Calgary,” Merrill says. “The rat-free status means that we don’t have an existing population of rats in Alberta. To maintain that, any time a rat comes in, we quickly annihilate it.”

    The Saskatchewan border may become less of an issue in the future as Saskatchewan makes progress in becoming rat-free itself. Some municipalities have already attained this and more are expected. BC, on the other hand, will not have an easy time.

    “They’re a coast province and the rats come in on ships. It’s a never-ending battle. Rats are difficult to contain when they jump off ships,” Merrill says.

    ...”

    http://www.vueweekly.com/total_annihilation/


    Rats found in 2nd western Saskatchewan town

    September 8, 2009

    Maple Creek is about 40 kilometres from the border with Alberta, a province that bills itself as rat-free.

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saska...-town-1.830651
    Saskatchewan declares war on rats
    By Sean Pratt FOLLOW
    Published: October 26, 2000


    “Rats scuttled onto the Prairies half a century ago. The first colony was discovered on a farm near Alsask, Sask., in the summer of 1950.

    Alberta immediately responded by setting up a rat control program and has been vigilant about keeping the province “rat free” ever since.

    Alberta Agriculture spends $350,000 a year on its efforts to keep the vermin from setting up shop on Alberta farms. Rat control officers patrol a 29-kilometre-wide strip along the Saskatchewan border looking for infestations.

    Saskatchewan was slower to react, initiating its rat control program in 1972. By then it was too late.

    The scavenger was prevalent throughout the province. Pest control officers say the rat population has surpassed the human population.”

    This year they will focus their efforts on a 40-kilometre-wide strip along the Alberta border. The plan is to get that area rat free and then slowly move east in similar increments. Rat-free status could take more than 10 years to accomplish.
    ...

    He estimates that rats cause between $15 and $20 million in damage to Saskatchewan farms each year.
    ...



    https://www.producer.com/2000/10/sas...s-war-on-rats/
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    Please change the title of this thread to ĎAlberta remains rat freeí

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    How Alberta remained rat-free
    Province employed 250 pest control officers in 1968
    CBC Archives ∑ Posted: May 01, 2019 11:30 AM ET | Last Updated: 8 minutes ago


    “..."We get out there just as quick as possible and destroy it," he said, noting that Albertans had been "pretty well educated" to report any stray rats.

    In neighbouring Saskatchewan, rat-control efforts were less co-ordinated, and it showed.

    "Saskatchewan ... is losing about $25 million a year to the rodent enemy," said Warren.

    'General indifference' next door’
    ...”


    https://www.cbc.ca/archives/how-albe...free-1.5116832
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    Great promo for Alberta!!!!

    Plus shows return on investment could be about 90 to 1.

    BBC - Capital - How these cities became rat-free zones


    “In many ways brown rats, also known as Norway rats, are remarkable. They are fantastically prolific breeders, with quick gestation periods and big litters of babies. They eat almost anything – domestic rubbish, rotting meat, grain – and live everywhere people live. They can chew through metal, swim long distances, survive 50ft (15m) falls, emerge from your toilet and, it turns out, feel empathy.

    Originally native to northern China, these rats have spread across every continent except Antarctica. As numerous other species decline, rats appear to be thriving – most obviously in our cities. They’re seen as one of the world’s most invasive species, harming native wildlife populations, damaging property, contaminating foodstuffs and transmitting diseases.”



    “Except if you are in Alberta. Home to the cities of Calgary and Edmonton, and with a population of about 4.3m, Alberta is famous for oil, national parks and ice hockey. But it also has a lesser-known claim to fame: it’s the only part of the world with significant urban and rural populations that does not have a breeding rat problem.

    So how did an area the size of Texas achieve a feat unparalleled anywhere in the world? Was it luck or the result of strategic genius? And what’s Alberta gained from keeping rats out?” ...”



    “ The rat control programme itself costs less than C$500,000 (US$372,000) annually, covering salaries for Merrill, six rat control zone officers and bait. It seems like a wise investment; back in 2004, the Alberta Research Council (ARC) estimated that the annual cost of having rats would be C$42.5m (US$31.6m). “


    http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/201...rat-free-zones



    “The ARC estimated that if each farm had 20 rats and each household one rat, then the rat population of Alberta would be 2.1m.”

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