Richardson Ground Squirrel
Locally referred to as Gophers, Richardson Ground Squirrels are a naturally occurring rodent species in the County of Wetaskiwin and play an important ecological role as a food source for many predators. They can pose a significant threat to agriculture and affect natural ecosystems when their populations rise quickly.
Northern Pocket Gopher
Frequently referred to as moles, Pocket Gophers are a problem in crop fields and pastures throughout the County of Wetaskiwin. They also eat garden crops and kill woody plants and shrubs by feeding on the roots when the nutritional quality of stems and leaves declines.
Unlike ground squirrels that hibernate, pocket gophers are active throughout the winter, feeding and burrowing beneath the snow and soil.
When population hits a high threshold level, lethal control may be required. These measures are temporary at best, and once the population is reduced, additional measures such as cultural control and prevention should be taken to prevent future population increase. Lethal control measures may range in intensity, risk and effectiveness, so it is best to consider all available options and choose which best suits your situation.