Being a municipality that borders another province, the Municipal District of Bonnyville participates in the Alberta Rat Control Program that is intended to prevent the introduction and establishment of Norway Rats and rabies disease.
Farm inspections are carried out at all farm sites and acreages within the first two ranges along the Saskatchewan border to detect and control any rat infestations that may occur as rats attempt to cross over into Alberta. Bait is provided to residents living in those areas to assist in preventing the establishment of rats on their property.
With respect to rabies control, any suspect animal may be destroyed and the head submitted to Health Canada for diagnosis of the disease. If a positive case is confirmed, a general depopulation of skunks may be conducted in the area where the confirmed case originated.