Local Wildlife

Here in the beautiful Town of Black Diamond, we reside along the peaceful Sheep River valley. Encountering wildlife is a natural part of everyday life in this area of the Foothills.

Types of Wildlife


At different times of the year, you could be fortunate enough to see deer, moose, elk, bear, and cougar both in and around Town, as the surrounding area contains several wildlife corridors.

Share the Spaces


These corridors are important habitat for many wildlife species, and we must remember that we need to share these spaces with the original four-legged inhabitants. Usually these animals move through town without incident, however, it is important to remember that they can become aggressive if they are injured or if they feel threatened or challenged in any way, particularly if they are traveling with their offspring.

Skunks are common in the Foothills area, and you may not want to share your space with skunks. They look for food, insects, garbage and shelter. In order to discourage them from staying, remove any of their food sources, be sure to seal up any entry points under decks and outbuildings. To trap or remove a skunk, please call a pest control company. 

Safety Tips


Do not approach wildlife. Keep your distance, for your safety and theirs.

For more information on these species and what to do if you encounter them please follow the following links. 

If you have seen or had contact with any potentially dangerous wildlife please report directly to Alberta Fish and Wildlife.

You can contact the office from within Alberta through the provincewide toll free service without paying long distance or airtime charges. Dial 310-0000 prior to the area code and telephone number.

High River
129 4 Avenue SW
High River, Alberta T1V 1M7
(403) 652-8330

Report a poacher


Report suspicious or illegal hunting and fishing activity, dangerous wildlife encounters and serious public land abuse online or by phone:

Report a poacher
Toll free: 1-800-642-3800

Connect with Alberta Environment and Parks Outreach Services:



Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 310-ESRD (3773)
Toll free: 1-877-944-0313
Email: aep.outreach-services@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Outreach Services
Alberta Environment and Parks
Main Floor, Forestry Building
9920 108 Street
Edmonton Alberta T5K 2M4

Note: Outreach Services can provide callers with general information related to fish and wildlife issues but is not able to answer enforcement-related questions or process applications related to Fish and Wildlife permits.