Crowing roosters bring complaints

District of Clearwater might have a new animal control bylaw but it still isn't doing enough

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District of Clearwater might have a new animal control bylaw but it still isn’t doing enough to prevent animals from becoming nuisances, according to several local residents at a July 19 town council meeting.

According to one woman, her neighbor has several roosters that crow very early in the morning, waking her and her family.

She recently had several guests leave because of the noise from the roosters as well as loud music.

The neighbour’s chicken coop has a strong smell, she said, and she is concerned about health effects.

Another person who lives nearby said he has problems with the neighbour’s chickens and ducks coming onto his property.

Chief administrative officer Leslie Groulx said that Clearwater formerly did not have a bylaw to deal with animals but one was adopted June 7.

She has been investigating ways the bylaw could be enforced both for this particular set of complaints plus longterm, she said.

She has asked an animal control contractor that works for other jurisdictions to give her an estimate.

Councillor Merlin Blackwell suggested the municipality meet with the RCMP and the SPCA to talk about enforecemnt.Ken Kjenstad added that perhaps Interior Health should be involved as well, if there are health concerns.