Airdrie is looking for other solutions when it comes to non-domesticated animals, like deer and coyotes, roaming the city.

The City of Airdrie has recently joined a new group called the Municipal Conflict Wildlife Collaborative Calgary Area (MCWC-CA). The group has 10 municipalities, including Airdrie, Rocky View County, Okotoks, Diamond Valley, Calgary, Canmore, Cochrane, Chestermere, Wheatland County and the Municipal District of Bighorn.

Blair Kreiner, the Integrated Pest Management Technician with the City of Airdrie explains what this group is all about.

"We have representatives from each municipality that deal with conflict wildlife, and we just get together to share ideas and successes regarding how we each address conflict wildlife, and we're using it as an opportunity for everyone to go back to their respective communities and put together their own best management practices."

Kreiner stated the ability to share knowledge and have other peers to reach out to when you're working through certain challenges is invaluable.

"With wildlife, it's a very sensitive situation. So, we want to be ahead of it and make sure that what we're doing is responsible."

If Airdronians are to see wildlife hurt or in a place they shouldn't be, Kreiner stated if it is a large animal, still call fish and wildlife, if it's a smaller animal, they should call the parks department.

"We're lucky to have wildlife in our city. It's awesome that we can work with other municipalities to ensure that we're looking out for the best interests of wildlife and the residents in our community."

The group had their first meeting together on February 27, Kreiner stated they plan on having a few more meetings this year.

When asked if there is an end goal for this group, Kreiner reiterated it's all about sharing information.

"Certain regions deal with different challenges and a possible collaboration between those communities may come from it, but the end goal is just sharing information.

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