Concerns regarding wildlife
We are fortunate to have nature at our doorstep. Calgary's close proximity to the Rocky Mountains, Kananaskis Country and Fish Creek Provincial Park means that our urban setting co-exists with nature in our parks, backyards and in our communities.
Please let nature be wild, and refrain from approaching or feeding wild animals.
Secure garbage and pet food, and eliminate other potential food sources such as pet waste, that may attract wildlife. If you have bird feeders in your yard, please keep them and the area underneath clean.
What about coyotes?
Coyotes are common in Calgary. Learn more about living with coyotes.
Emergency wildlife sightings
Emergency (where there is immediate danger): Call 9-1-1
If there is a direct risk to public safety, play it safe. Call 911.
Dangerous wildlife: bears, moose, cougars and coyotes
Animals such as bears, moose, cougars and coyotes can become dangerous.
- In an emergency situation where there is immediate danger, call 911.
- For non-emergency situations involving bears, moose and cougars, call Alberta Fish & Wildlife at 403-297-6423 (between 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday) or 1-800-642-3800 (outside of office hours).
- For non-emergency situations involving coyotes, call 311.
Non-emergency wildlife sightings, including bobcats
Non-emergency (sightings or concerns):
- Call 3-1-1 or report online.
- Alberta Environment and Parks, Fish & Wildlife
- (403) 297-6423
- 1-800-642-3800 (after hours line)
Nuisance wildlife: including mice, squirrels and gophers
We are committed to fostering a balance between wildlife and conserving nature in our urban setting. For additional info, visit our managing pests web page.
There are several organizations that work toward establishing and fostering a positive, sustainable coexistence between wildlife and urban living. Contact your local pest control company if you have concerns with any of the following wildlife on your property:
* Note this would not include native white-tailed jackrabbit, which is a provincially protected wildlife species.
If left alone, deer pose minimal risk to the public. Citizens are advised:
- To reduce speed in areas frequented by deer.
- If deer are not trapped by fence, they are generally able to find an escape route
- If deer appear to be injured, yet are still mobile, their likelihood of survival is high.
- If deer are injured and not mobile (for example they are laying down), call Alberta Fish and Wildlife at 403-297-6423 or 1-800-642-3800 (after hours).
- Young deer may appear to be orphaned, but should be left alone. Often they are hidden, while the parents forage for food.
- Alberta Fish and Wildlife: (403) 297-6423 or 1-800-642-3800
- Call 3-1-1 or report online.
Small wildlife (babies, birds, other animals):
- Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society - (403) 214-1312
- Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation - (403) 946-2361
Livestock within city limits
To report livestock on the loose, call the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line at 403-266-1234.
Tell us about your wildlife sighting
Let us know what you see. Even if you don’t have a wildlife concern, letting us know about your wildlife sightings help us make better choices about land management:
- Call 311 or submit an online SR.
- Need more information? Contact Parks.