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Alberta does not support federal proposal to ban strychnine against gophers

Click to play video 'Farmers looking for ways to protect crops as gopher population rises' Farmers looking for ways to protect crops as gopher population rises
Thu, Jul 7: A warm and dry spring has created the ideal conditions for the gopher population, and as Global’s Sarah Komadina explains, farmers are looking for new ways to manage the rodent, and protect their crops – Jul 7, 2016

The Alberta government is telling Ottawa it does not support a federal proposal to ban the use of liquid strychnine poison for killing prairie gophers.

Gophers, which burrow underground, can damage crops and hurt livestock.

READ MORE: Sask. rural community group opposes proposed strychnine ban

Health Canada is proposing to ban the use of strychnine to control the rodents, formally known as the Richardson ground squirrel.

There is concern strychnine kills other animals, including species at risk such as the swift fox and the burrowing owl.

The federal Pest Management Regulatory Agency is accepting feedback on the proposed ban until next Thursday.

Alberta Agriculture says producers are worried about the financial implications of a ban because strychnine is the only effective tool for controlling gophers.

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