The City of Calgary has announced that there will be no limit on the number of urban livestock licenses issued to those who want to keep backyard hens this year. Last year, the city capped the number of licenses at 100, but received 136 applications. Applicants for the urban hen program must be eighteen years or older, complete approved hen-keeping and care training, and own the property on which the hens will be kept or have written permission from the property owner. When asked about the decision, spokesperson Tara Decker said: "We heard from Calgarians that modern pet ownership means more than just caring for cats and dogs.”