Alberta Rat Patrol
Original Air Date:
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Alberta says it has been rat-free for 50 years, but that claim could be in jeopardy. An infestation of more than a dozen Norway rats were found crawling around a landfill in Medicine Hat.
The Province started its eradication program in the 1950s after an outbreak near the Alberta - Saskatchewan border. A control zone, about 600 kilometres long and 30 kilometres wide, was created to prevent fewer rats from entering Alberta.
Why is it so important for Alberta to maintain its rat-free status? What happens if it can't?
We speak with Vaughn Christensen, Manager of the Rat Control Program with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.
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