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Alberta is the Largest Rat-Free Populated Area on Earth

Alberta is actually THE largest rat-free populated area on the planet. How cool is that?! This needs to be known!

Roughly 12 or so rats enter the province per year, and they are quickly killed off by provincial rat control specialists before they’re able to breed.

Alberta, Canada, is the largest rat-free populated area in the world. Rat invasions of Alberta were stopped and eliminated by very aggressive government rat control measures, starting during the 1950s.

 

The only species of Rattus that is capable of surviving the climate of Alberta is the brown rat, which can only survive in the prairie region of the province, and even then must overwinter in buildings. Although it is a major agricultural area, Alberta is far from any seaport and only a portion of its eastern boundary with Saskatchewan provides a favorable entry route for rats. Brown rats cannot survive in the wild boreal forest to the north, the Rocky Mountains to the west, nor can they safely cross the semiarid High Plains of Montana to the south. The first brown rat did not reach Alberta until 1950, and in 1951, the province launched a rat-control program that included shooting, poisoning, and gassing rats, and bulldozing, burning down, and blowing up rat-infested buildings. The effort was backed by legislation that required every person and every municipality to destroy and prevent the establishment of designated pests. If they failed, the provincial government could carry out the necessary measures and charge the costs to the landowner or municipality. – WIKIPEDIA

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  1. Hayley Brown Hayley Brown says:

    Okay not even going to bother with the animal cruelty perspective, though I do feel this is a callous and terrible rat genocide.

    From a scientific perspective, this is irresponsible and unnecessary disruption of the food chain. Yes the food chain adapts but removal of any part does have repercussions and for all we know, this is why we have coyotes eating people’s cats. There aren’t enough rodents and pheasants around. We are playing God and messing around with the natural order. Don’t we do enough to destroy nature? We don’t need to have a government funded rat squad on taxpayer dollars.

    How often do people get black plague in other provinces? They have rats. There is literally zero reason for this to be a thing. America has rats too. Most places have rats. They are fine. Why are we murdering innocent woodland creatures? Seriously.

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    • Go watch some videos on YouTube on how destructive rats can be. Seriously you do not want to see rats here. Check out saskatchewans problem with the gopher. Very destructive as well when over populated .

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    • Larissa Dee Larissa Dee says:

      Coyotes eat cats because people allow their cats to roam free. You think if coyotes had rats to eat they’d stop eating cats? Nah. Coyotes will eat whatever small animal they can get their paws on, that’s just nature. They don’t have the ability to think “Well there’s lots of rats so I’ll just let this meal pass me by and assume I’ll catch a rat later.”

      There are plenty of other small animals that support the coyote food need, or else coyotes wouldn’t be thriving as much as they are: mice, voles, gophers, rabbits, variety of birds, and all the other small rodents out there.

      If you don’t want your cat eaten by a coyote (or injured by a human, run over by a car, poisoned by antifreeze or other substances, etc) then don’t let it roam the neighbourhood.

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    • Jean Freeman Jean Freeman says:

      No sympathy for rats

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    • Oh man we have sooooo many mice and rabbits. There is no shortage of food for coyotes. Coyotes are opportunist and if your cat gets eaten by one, guess who’s fault that is?

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    • Well I have 2 fox dens in our horse pasture right beside my house, and another in the bush by our front yard.. They’ve never preyed on our animals. Same with coyotes, I see them near my house every other day. But coyotes are scavengers. They look for already dead first, then they’ll go from easiest meal then to farm animals.. They honestly don’t just eat anything

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    • People are so cruel they are smart loving pets 🙁

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    • Yes.. let’s let disease infested vermin run rampant everywhere so that our children can get bit. You are awesome. Thank you for your failed perspective.

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    • Hayley Brown Hayley Brown says:

      In my area, there are loads of coyotes and they’ve eaten small dogs, so…

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    • Larissa Dee Larissa Dee says:

      So that sounds like a coyote problem, Hayley, not a rat problem. Allowing rats in Alberta won’t keep chihuahuas from being killed by coyotes. In fact, it might allow for stronger coyotes in more numbers if there was such a surplus of coyote food supply, and they’d still be killing small dogs and cats that wander into their territory because coyotes don’t care.

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    • Bryce Volk Bryce Volk says:

      Rats are an invasive species. They are not native to North America.

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    • <3 how could anyone hate something so cute & loving <3

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    • Hayley Brown Hayley Brown says:

      Argue all you want it’s still inhumane and literally awful.

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    • Allan Joseph Allan Joseph says:

      MANY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN sASKATCHEWAN EVERY YEAR

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  2. Huy Huy says:

    I love rats <3

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  3. Rhon Magyar Rhon Magyar says:

    Not when they become rabies infested you won’t

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  4. I actually called the Rat Patrol hotline a couple months ago because i thought my cats brought home a carcass of a rat. The guy called me back (on a late Friday night) to get more info from me. And I still remember the CBC show back from the 60’s that showed the Rat Patrol at work in AB. IF memory serves, the AB government back in the day used to promote farmers with land along the provincial borders to not trap weasels and ermines, they are natural rat hunters.

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  5. Shari Heiser Shari Heiser says:

    They killed off this program a few years ago due to government cut backs. Personally I think they would have saved more money dumping a useless official.

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  6. Is that cos they lost the election

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  7. Except minor to severe roof rack infestations have been found in multiple locations in Alberta, some near Edmonton. So… There goes those stats

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  8. ahhh theres the NDP now speaking of rats

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  9. I still call bs. There could be tons of nests in remote areas, and its not like rats from BC and Saskatchewan stop and go ” OK kids, Alberta border ahead. Time to turn around”.
    Also this doesn’t even include the species of rat that is native to alberta

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  10. Susan Taylor Susan Taylor says:

    Bonnie Doon pet store has these.

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    • Those are legal. They’re called asf. African soft furred rats. 100% legal and highly additive to snakes 🙂

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    • Many people also breed these as they are highly intelligent pets. They are slightly larger than a hamster full-grown but can be trained like many other rats and are quite friendly when they aren’t bred for food

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    • Susan Taylor Susan Taylor says:

      Yeah, my poor mom was attacked by a rat in Europe as a child so she has the worst phobia of rats!! When she saw these guys she just about died, poor old gal. But I called the rat patrol on her behalf, just to appease her, so she could sleep that night :/

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  11. Well all of you with pet rats and in alberta expect a visit soon!

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  12. Ruth Chalk Ruth Chalk says:

    You just found out?

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  13. Saw one last weekend in a field near Boyle. It was huge!

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  14. Saw one in bonnyville last year. Took a picture of it.

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  15. Kathleen Rae Kathleen Rae says:

    We still have Conservatives. Will the rat patrol finally get rid of them?

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  16. Stupidest thing I have ever heard…. we have rats people…

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  17. Dino says:

    Rats are disgusting, carry diseases and shouldn’t be considered as pets. Ever watch the show ‘Billy The Exterminator’. Be gone rats….

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  18. Vancouver probably has one of the highest rat infestations.

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  19. So sad. They are smart animals that don’t deserve to be killed.

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  20. cause even the rats know not to live there in that dump.

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  21. Denise Cote Denise Cote says:

    Hell, why didn’t you tell us? We would have come up sooner!

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  22. I’m sorry but what I just read classifies as animal Cruelty I lived here for years and my pet rat Nessie only died last year from old age I had her since I was kid. Making an animal illegal is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard

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  23. Ryan Francis Ryan Francis says:

    There was tons of Rats they all left when the NDP moved in….

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  24. Robert Burns Robert Burns says:

    no if we could do the same with corrupt politicians that would be great !!

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  25. Greenland looks bigger than Alberta

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  26. Andre Simard Andre Simard says:

    U forgot NDP its worst

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  27. Rhon Magyar Rhon Magyar says:

    we have tons of wild rats all over canada – and even in calgary recently they ended up being norweigan rats that were found and exterminated. yep – pet shops selling these things, and ppl dumping them when they decided they didnt want them. a pair of rats can take over calgary in a couple of years. we used to literally put out buckets of poison for wild rats the size of smaller gophers. these are NOT what you want dogs etc chasing when they become infected – and they do. and they carry

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  28. Now to work on the two legged kind 😉 *hehe*

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  29. Don’t need any more rats here!

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  30. Especially since we voted out the conservatives (ba dum Ching!)

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  31. Sorry to post this. Lol. Two weeks ago by the new Walmart on 127street by the Anthony Henday. It was so funny cause this rat was crossing the street. The traffic on both sides stopped to let it cross. It was HUGE.

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  32. Cheri Smith Cheri Smith says:

    Well if you don’t count all the pack rats in the Crowsnest Pass…..

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  33. Debbie Hawco Debbie Hawco says:

    Bullshit !!! I seen a few rats just this September on a rig road by valleyview, they are definitely breeding and it was about the size of my hand

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  34. It’s not rat free. I’ve come across a couple dead rats when I worked at a show stable.

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  35. Now we just have to figure out how to get rid of the politicians and we’re good!

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  36. I have never actually seen a live rat. I am 33. I am Albertan.

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  37. Ken Dahinden Ken Dahinden says:

    So that’s how you control conservatives!!!!!

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  38. Jeremy Hird Jeremy Hird says:

    We got bunnies instead

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  39. It sucks. I want a pet rat so badly 🙁

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  40. Rats are friendly, easily trained, and intelligent. I don’t understand how they’re able to ban them as pets :-/

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  41. Rats are amazing animals. I miss having them in my home as companion animals. This is actually just sad.

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  42. Brandi L Law Brandi L Law says:

    I’d have one as a pet if i could. They are awesome and smart.

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  43. I love rats 🙁 wish I could have one. Stupid Alberta. 🙁

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