Thanks to Mother Nature, it's been a great year for apple trees in Cochrane, which means there's a lot of fruit falling to the ground right now. 

This has a lot of people wondering what to do with their extra crab apples, apples or pears they may have. 

The Cochrane Ecological Institute will gladly take them off your hands. 

Wildlife Technician, Kathryyn Phillips said they have a lot of hungry animals who are enjoying the abundance of fruit this time of year. 

"We have some moose calves and some fawns who absolutely love those apples, and we have bison's on the property as well. So we're encouraging people to bring their fruit here because it will definitely get used." 


"We have received so many apples over the last few weeks and they keep coming. I always tell people when they come here that our moose and our bison easily are eating at least 50 apples each to themselves a day. We're definitely happy to keep taking them because they fly through, and all of our baby animals love them." 

Drop offs can be made to their kennel at 51061 Township Road 280 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. everyday. 

Phillips said they're also looking for volunteers to help pick apples in Cochrane and bring them to the animals.

You can contact Phillips at 403-919-2246 or by email: 

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