Highway wildlife deaths could be reduced

I would like to comment on the remarks made recently Alberta Transportation Minister Luke Ouellette about the measures being taken to reduce the highway slaughter of wildlife here in Alberta.

I would like to comment on the remarks made recently Alberta Transportation Minister Luke Ouellette about the measures being taken to reduce the highway slaughter of wildlife here in Alberta.

These were mentioned in a news article in the Red Deer Advocate on March 9.

Cutting the trees back farther from roadways is a good idea.

I’m not sure which grasses could be planted along the roads to be less palatable to wildlife. Moose will eat almost any vegetation, including trees and I imagine that deer are no different.

Availability during heavy snow years is what leads to preference, and in a heavy snow year, the ditches are full of snow.

Salt licks may be a good idea, but if the highways are being salted with calcium chloride, not sodium chloride (the salt bodies use), the animals would only be attracted if they have a calcium deficiency.

If fencing to prevent animals crossing is going to be built, why not use the reflectors?

Alberta Transportation installed the reflector system along Hwy 587 in a high killing zone west of Bowden, about six years ago.

They need to maintained to be effective, and apparently, that is going to be done this spring.

But, and I’m sure this is true for the other experimental zones they installed, it appears that there were no statistics kept prior or after the installation was completed.

Did those other experimental zones fall into disrepair, as did the one on Hwy 587?

The statistics from the B.C. highways department are much more thorough and complete.

And, another note: In Arkansas, there is a program in place known as Hunting for the Hungry.

Hunters donate a portion of their animal to the program, which is then processed by various meat processing facilities.

I’m sure our food banks would welcome the protein.

Bob Robblee

Red Deer County

Just Posted

Red Deer group looking to keep roads safe for cyclists

A Red Deer cycling group is concerned about road safety after multiple… Continue reading

Smoke and pets do not mix

Take care of your pets during the smoky weather

Former Red Deer lawyer sentenced

Charges included possession of stolen property

Man causes mischief with axe in Ponoka

Arson and attempted break and enter charges laid

WATCH: Raising money for kids at the Gord Bamford Charity Golf Classic

Former NHL players, Olympians, pro rodeo circuit members and musicians teed off… Continue reading

Oilpatch fears delays as U.S. judge orders further review of KXL pipeline route

CALGARY — Potential delays in the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline… Continue reading

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dies at 76

NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang… Continue reading

Arrests in Burnaby, B.C., as order against Kinder Morgan protest camp enforced

BURNABY, B.C. — The RCMP arrested protesters Thursday as officers enforced a… Continue reading

‘Hot and dirty work:’ Commander describes fighting massive Ontario wildfire

BRITT, Ont. — From a helicopter flying over a smouldering swath of… Continue reading

Calgary Fire Department logs record opioid overdose calls in July

CALGARY — The Calgary Fire Department says there were a record number… Continue reading

RCMP in Burnaby, B.C., say Kinder Morgan protest camp to be dismantled

BURNABY, B.C. — The RCMP arrested protesters when officers enforced a court… Continue reading

Study: Smokers better off quitting, even with weight gain

NEW YORK — If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month