Reinstate the Gopher Rebate Program
Department: Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
WHEREAS the Richardson's Ground Squirrel (gopher) has increased to an unmanageable population;
WHEREAS the gophers are overtaking pasture, forage and farmland causing hardship to landowners;
WHEREAS strychnine is the most effective way to manage the overpopulation of gophers;
WHEREAS the expense of strychnine is very high and can cause financial burden to purchase the amounts required for gopher control management;
BE IT RESOLVED that SARM continue to lobby the Pest Management Regulatory Agency to allow the use of strychnine;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Ministry of Agriculture to reinstate the Gopher Rebate Program from 2007 to offer rebates of fifty percent to landowners and rural municipalities who purchase strychnine to control the Richardson's Ground Squirrel.