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Wild Animal Law of Canada

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Livestock Industry Diversification Act (Alberta)

(current to 01 August 2016)

Note Re Application of the Livestock Industry Diversification Act ('LIDA')

LIDA has is primarily a domestic animal statute, having only limited application to wildlife, as is noted below.

This law bears on the wildlife issues of:
  • HUNTING
  • PROTECTION

The full current text of this legislation (including regulations) may be viewed at the Alberta statute website.
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LIDA is primarily a statute meant to facilitate an expansion of the province's food animal base away from cattle, swine and poultry to farming of imported species such as large non-indigenous game animals and ratite birds.

Apparently in order to prevent the statute being used to create private hunting reserves, LIDA specifically provides that hunting big game or a controlled animal (as defined in the Wildlife Act, see that module), or a diversified livestock animal in any 'diversified livestock farm' is prohibited [LIDA 18.01(1)]. There are exceptions for [LIDA 18.01(2)] control of depredation by black bear and cougar, other Wildlife Act-licensed depredation control, and pest control activities under the Agricultural Pests Act (see that module).
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