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. 

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


Frequently Asked Questions About Lost and Found Dogs in LSAC

There have been many questions brought forward about lost and found dogs within Lac Ste. Anne County so we would like to help answer those by publishing this simple FAQ Sheet.

Our Enforcement Officers monitor all complaints lodged to the County. If a complaint is received by an Officer of a dog or dogs roaming or causing a nuisance, the Officers will respond. If you would like to make a complaint you can reach an Officer at (780) 785-3411, there is a 24-Hour Answering Service available to contact or leave a message for an Officer.

No, the only animal that is picked-up by our Officers are dogs.

LSAC believes in the humanely treating animals and we are governed by many laws to do so. When a dog is picked up by our Officers the first thing they do for the animal when it comes into our care is thoroughly check the dog for any injuries, markings, tattoos, etc. If the animal is injured the Officers take the animal to the nearest vet to be assessed. If the animal is fine, it is scanned for a microchip with a handheld scanner that can read the registration number and phone number of the registry for the brand of chips. With this information and any tattoo information, all the local vets are contacted to see if they have any leads on the owners.

As per specific legislation, LSAC is bound to hold all dogs as follows:

NON-PUREBRED dogs for three (3) days

PUREBRED dogs for ten (10) days

Once a dog is picked-up by our Officers and they have been assessed, the animal is taken to a privately contracted facility (Dogs Paradise Resort www.pets368.com ) for the allotted legislated time. This is just a holding facility for the animals where they are treated with love, care and attention for the allotted legislated time. Please check out their website or Facebook page to see the facility for yourself. However, please note that Dogs Paradise Resort staff are unable to release any of the found animals without an Enforcement Officer from LSAC being involved, so please contact LSAC first at (780) 785- 3411.

If you are looking for your lost dog, contacting one of our Enforcement Officers at (780)785-3411 is the first step. They will be able to assist you in the process of getting your lost dog home. Dogs Paradise Resort are unable to release any of the found animals without an Enforcement Officer from LSAC being involved, so please contact an Officer.

Once the time has lapsed, and the owner has not come forward for the dog, the Officers will make arrangements for the animal(s) to be transported to WHARF – Whitecourt Homeless Animal Rescue Foundation here the dogs are kept and put up for adoption and re-homing.

When dogs are picked-up by our Officers, we try to communicate the information to the public as soon as possible on our Facebook page and our Website. When the dog(s) are no longer in our care, we take the posting down from both sites.

In Focus: Bring Your Lost Pets Home Safely

Wayward DogsLac Ste. Anne County is excited to offer residents the opportunity to check our online postings of all dogs that have been apprehended by our Enforcement 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...

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Protective Services Resources

  • County Bylaw Enforcement

    Lac Ste. Anne County employs Community Peace Officers, Bylaw Enforcement Officers and Animal Control Officers to uphold and enforce municipal bylaws. Browse the current legislation on record.

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  • Wayward Dogs

    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.

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  • Animal Control

    Animal Control Bylaw #06-2015 is a Bylaw to regulate and provide the controls for wild animals within the municipal boundaries of Lac Ste. Anne County. This Bylaw does not include Dogs, as they are covered under the Dog Control Bylaw #05-2015. Cats are not controlled within the County.

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Fire & Emergency

Lac Ste. Anne County Fire Services is steadfastly dedicated to the protection, preservation and restoration of public safety across the region.

Public Works

The Public Works division provides essential engineering, operations and maintenance services for those who live, work and play within the region.

Solid Waste & Recycling

Helping residents and business owners across the County process recyclables, organics and garbage via progressive waste management services.

Corporate Services

The Business, information and administrative services that support the other departments in their daily management of Lac Ste. Anne County.

Assessment & Taxation

Each year, the County assesses properties based on the previous year's market values to determine municipal and education tax amounts.

Protective Services

The County employs Community Peace Officers, Bylaw Enforcement Officers and Animal Control Officers to uphold and enforce municipal bylaws.

Community Services

The Community Services Department works to enhance the lives of County residents alike through customized services, programs, grants and guidance.

GIS

Residents, visitors, business owners and municipal neighbours rely on the County's mapping resources to easily find, access and view information.

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