Changes proposed for Sparwood’s animal control bylaw will prohibit keeping farm animals within district limits.
District council is considering amending the bylaw to prevent residents of the Whiskey Jack subdivision and all mobile home parks from raising animals like horses and chickens.
Bylaw Officer Frank Deboon says the changes would deter wildlife from entering the community.
“Feed for the animals can become a bear attractant. Not only bears, but cougars, coyotes and other animals could come in for chickens and other domestic livestock,” Deboon says. “Also when you have horses and cattle, the hay from them can attract deer and elk.”
The District says the amendment goes hand-in hand with their newly adopted wildlife strategy, which identifies chicken as a bear attractant.
Director of Corporate Services Michelle Martineau says if the bylaw changes are accepted, anyone with farm animals on the affected properties would be grandfathered in and would not have to get rid of them.
– District of Sparwood Bylaw Officer, Frank Deboon