Feral rabbits in Canmore are domesticated pets that were inappropriately released. They are not a native wildlife species.
The Town of Canmore's Feral Rabbit Management Program hires a contractor to live trap, humanely euthanize, and store and transport the rabbits to beneficial end use (such as feed at wildlife rehabilitation centers). The contractor may also provide assistance to residents that request assistance with removing feral rabbits from private property. The goal is to control and ultimately eliminate feral rabbits from the Town of Canmore.
The program is most effective when trapping occurs on both public and private property. If you have rabbits in your area, please consider signing up to allow trapping on your property. Property owners who want the contractor to remove feral rabbits from their property need to fill out this private property access agreement form:
Private Property Access Agreement
. If you have submitted the form in previous years, simply email
to reconfirm your permission to continue trapping.
Once you've filled out the form:
2. Fax it to 403-678-1586 or
3. Drop it off at the Canmore Civic Centre, located at 902, 7th Avenue.
Please note if you are a renter the request needs to come from the property owner.
Living with Wildlife
The Town of Canmore has a long history of programs to help us coexist with wildlife including:
- 1997 - Bear proof garbage bins were introduced to reduce human/wildlife interactions
- 1999 - Bear proof bins were fully implemented
- 2001 - Waste control bylaw passed to prohibit residents from placing or storing animal attractants outside, operating outdoor kitchen waste composters, and placing or storing birdfeed out of doors between April 1 and November 30 (this is the new date as of 2017)
- 2005 - Bow Valley Wildsmart was established
- 2011 - Animal control bylaw passed - prohibits residents from keeping or causing feral rabbits to be on their property
- 2018 - Recommendations from Improving Human-Wildlife Coexistence in the Bow Valley include removing prey such as feral rabbits to reduce the amount of wildlife activity within developed areas. This could be accomplished through trapping and eliminating hiding cover for rabbits (screening around decks etc).
Feral rabbits are a wildlife attractant and population control is an issue. Short gestation periods and large litters can mean that the population can bump from 2 to 70 within one year. In addition, they cause damage to public and private property, and leave a significant amount of feces.