The Town of Redwater closed off Devonian Park on Monday (July 24) to clear out some gophers.
A third-party company will rid the park of the rodents in the name of safety.
"We determined we had an unusually high population of gophers in this park over recent months, not only from staff making that observation but from public complaints as well," explained Redwater community services manager, Jodi Brown.
The company will be applying a humane poison to the gopher holes to control the population.
"Park staff will be patrolling the area to ensure any rodent carcasses that may appear are removed as [quickly] as possible as a precaution."
Brown added the park will stay closed to the public and pets for roughly three weeks. She added the doses are gopher-sized and should pose little harm to family pets, but owners should still keep their animals away from the park for the time being.
Residents with concerns or wanting to report a rodent can call the town at (780) 942-3519.

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