Mountain Pine Beetle

Pine trees in our area could be at risk of attack

We have known the Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) has been expanding its range, moving east from BC and into Alberta. In October 2018 it was found in one location in Lac Ste. Anne County, as well as in the counties of Parkland, Wetaskiwin, and Leduc. This destructive pest is already established in Yellowhead and Woodlands counties. Early detection and control by residents play an important role in managing Alberta’s MPB infestation and preventing further spread. We are asking landowners to check their mature pine trees for symptoms of a beetle attack. Trees in native stands, shelterbelts, planted woodlots, and individual landscape trees are all possible hosts.

Mountain pine beetles in your backyard?

Mountain pine beetles in your backyard? The mountain pine beetle is a small, black beetle about the size of a grain of rice. The beetles spend most of their life under the bark.

What type of trees may be attacked?

MPBs attack and kill pine trees, usually mature ones aged 80 to 120 years old. All species of pine including lodgepole, jack, Scots, and ponderosa pine are vulnerable. They do not attack aspen, spruce or fir trees. Pine can be distinguished from other trees by their long needles attached to branches in groups of 2-5.

When do beetles attack trees and how long do they stay?

Beetles fly in search of new trees in July and August. Once a beetle has found a suitable tree, it will live in that tree for the remainder of its life and lay eggs. The new generation of beetles will not emerge from the tree for at least one year. If my tree is attacked, will it die? Unfortunately, yes. Trees successfully attacked by MPBs usually die within one year.

How can I tell if my trees have been attacked?

Most noticeable are pitch tubes on the tree trunk, these creamy globs look like crystallised honey. Also look for sawdust at the base of the tree and in bark crevices. Use the reference material links below for more information.

What do I do if my tree is infested?

If you suspect a Mountain Pine Beetle infestation on your property, please contact Lorraine Taylor, Horticulturist, Lac Ste. Anne County Agricultural Services Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-866-880-5722.


Mouintain Pine Beetle Reference Material

Predator & Animal Control

Humane Management of Animal Populations

The County aims to maintain healthy populations of wildlife while controlling those species known to cause disturbance for residents. Controlling animal populations does not always mean "to destroy" but may include trapping and relocating as well. We will not participate in any unnecessary reduction in populations of wildlife, only in the control of these animals to amounts that are agreeable with the land's carrying capacity and the tolerance of the producer.

Current Predator & Animal Control Programs

Please note that the County's wild boar control program will be discontinued effective March 15. Click Here for more details. Wild boars were declared a pest in Lac Ste. Anne County in 2003. Since that time, wild boars have been elevated provincially to the Agricultural Pest Act not unlike other common pest previously on the act such as coyotes, skunks and gophers. Under the County’s Wild Boar Control Program, $50.00 per boar is available, subject to the following conditions:

  1. Payment will only be made to County landowners or persons having authorization from the landowner and only for eradication of wild boars running at large within the County.
  2. The owner(s) of any Domestic Wild Boar Operation within Lac Ste. Anne County is/are required to contact the Agricultural Service Board (ASB) department to register your farm to protect your animals from the bounty.
  3. Landowners and authorized persons must sign an AFFIDAVIT that the wild boars were destroyed within Lac Ste. Anne County and that these animals were running at large within the County.
  4. The total amount paid out by the County on this program is limited to the funding provided by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.
  5. The amount payable to a landowner or authorized person is subject to the discretion of the Agricultural Fieldman and/or County Council.
  6. To be eligible to receive the $50 payment, the landowner or authorized person must provide a ‘pair of ears’ from each eradicated wild boar.
The County has introduced a flooding prevention incentive in place. This program is designed to help control beaver overpopulation on private land. Under this incentive, $20.00 per beaver tail is available, subject to the following conditions:

  1. The landowner must first notify the County of the problem with beavers giving a legal description of the property and the description of the flooded area, i.e. hay land, cultivated land or pasture.
  2. Landowners and authorized persons must sign an affidavit that the beavers were destroyed within Lac Ste. Anne County and that these animals were causing flooding of agricultural land.
  3. The total amount paid out by the County on this program is limited to the amount provided in the budget prepared by the Agricultural Service Board.
  4. Agricultural Services Manager may establish limits on the amount payable to a landowner or authorized person.
  5. Beaver tails will be collected upon appointment with our Pest Control Officer. Arrangements can be made for collection by contacting the Lac Ste. Anne County office.
  6. Beaver tails less than three (3) inches in length are not acceptable for payment.
For more information about the Coyote Control Program, please contact the Lac Ste. Anne County Agricultural Services department.

Wayward Dogs

Bring Your Lost Pets Back Home Safely

Lac Ste. Anne County is excited to offer residents the opportunity to check our online postings of all dogs that have been apprehended by our Dog Control/Bylaw Officers. If you’re missing a dog, check here so we can help get it home. If you see your animal, please contact the County Administration Office to make pick-up arrangements from our kennel facility. Dogs that are not adopted, find a place at Whitecourt Homeless Animal Rescue Foundation http://www.wharfrescue.ca/.

Download the County's Animal Control Bylaw # 6-2015
Download the County's Dog Control Bylaw # 5-2015
Download the County's Dog Barking Package
 Download the Witness Statement Package

 

Choose from the Following Agricultural Services

Rental Equipment

Lac Ste. Anne County offers numerous pieces of agricultural equipment and products for rent, from pest traps to pasture sprayers and much more.

Weed & Pest Control

Lac Ste. Anne County implements a spectrum of integrated pest management systems to control and eradicate noxious and prohibited noxious weeds.

Reference Library

Explore the County's frequently updated informational resource for farming, ranching and all things agriculture.

Agricultural Services Board

The County aims to maintain healthy populations of wildlife while controlling those species known to cause disturbance for residents.

About the County

Founded in 1944, Lac Ste. Anne County is a municipal district in central Alberta, Canada. It is located in Census Division 13, roughly 45 minutes northwest of Edmonton. The County's administrative office is located at 56521 Range Road 65. Its namesake comes from its largest body of water, Lac Ste. Anne.

Contact Information

  Box 219, Sangudo AB T0E 2A0
 lsac (@) lsac.ca
 1-866-880-5722
 (780) 785-3411
 (780) 785-2359