CALGARY — Animal control officers in Calgary are hunting for a nest after a rat carcass was found in an alley behind a home last Friday in a neighbourhood on the city’s north side.
Bill Bruce, the head of bylaw services, says they believe the black and white rat was somebody’s pet and not a wild rat.
Bruce says it appears that the carcass had been there for some time and was covered up by snow during the winter.
He says they just want to make sure it didn’t reproduce.
Bruce says owners of such creatures can face stiff fines if they’re convicted of provincial charges for keeping rats.
While Alberta has long boasted that the province is free of the rodents, city officials say they receive calls about seven or eight rat sightings each year.