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Wildlife

How do I prevent conflict with wildlife on my property?
  • It is important that you wildlife proof your home. Animals such as raccoons, skunks, rabbits, and squirrels need shelter, food, and water to survive. If you have gaps below a deck, porch, storage shed, or home; these spaces could provide shelter for wildlife. Fencing, lattice, wire, and patching products can be used to seal and minimize shelter opportunities for wildlife. Of course, be certain no wildlife is present before you seal an area. Food sources such as overflowing garbage cans, improperly stored food, and even birdfeeders can attract wildlife.
What do I do about raccoons on my property?
  • The Animal Services Agency does not deal with wildlife. Please visit the Manitoba Conservation website for more information at: http://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/wildlife/problem_wildlife/raccoon.html

    It is important that you wildlife proof your home. Animals such as raccoons, skunks, rabbits, and squirrels need shelter, food, and water to survive. If you have gaps below a deck, porch, storage shed, or home; these spaces could provide shelter for wildlife. Fencing, lattice, wire, and patching products can be used to seal and minimize shelter opportunities for wildlife. Of course, be certain no wildlife is present before you seal an area. Food sources such as overflowing garbage cans, improperly stored food, and even birdfeeders can attract wildlife.

I've found a nest of baby rabbits and I don't see the mother. What should I do?
There's a deer in my yard. What should I do?
  • The Animal Services Agency does not deal with wildlife. If you have questions regarding the deer population in Winnipeg, contact Manitoba Conservation at 204-945-7273. If the deer is not causing any disturbance, it is best to leave it alone and keep a safe distance.
I think I saw a coyote/fox/wolf/cougar in my neighbourhood. What should I do?
I saw a bear in my neighbourhood. What should I do?
  • Contact the Winnipeg Police Service at 911 if you have a bear in your yard.
The beavers are destroying the trees along the river bank. Who do I call?
  • Call 311 to register your concern.
What do I do about squirrels in my yard?
  • Animal Services does not deal with wildlife. It is important that you wildlife proof your home. Animals such as raccoons, skunks, rabbits, and squirrels need shelter, food, and water to survive. If you have gaps below a deck, porch, storage shed, or home; these spaces could provide shelter for wildlife. Fencing, lattice, wire, and patching products can be used to seal and minimize shelter opportunities for wildlife. Of course, be certain no wildlife is present before you seal an area. Food sources such as overflowing garbage cans, improperly stored food, and even birdfeeders can attract wildlife.
I have rats (or mice) in my yard. What do I do?
  • Consult an exterminator if you want the animals removed. Animal Services does not deal with wildlife. It is important that you wildlife proof your home. Animals such as rats, mice, raccoons, skunks, rabbits, and squirrels need shelter, food, and water to survive. If you have gaps below a deck, porch, storage shed, or home; these spaces could provide shelter for wildlife. Fencing, lattice, wire, and patching products can be used to seal and minimize shelter opportunities for wildlife. Of course, be certain no wildlife is present before you seal an area. Food sources such as overflowing garbage cans, improperly stored food, and even birdfeeders can attract wildlife.

Birds

There's a peacock in my yard. What do I do?
  • The Animal Services Agency does not deal with birds. Leave it alone and it will move away.
There is a turkey in my yard. What do I do?
  • Wild turkeys are native to Manitoba and from time to time they will come into Winnipeg. Leave them alone and they will find shelter in trees or move to another location.
Does the City of Winnipeg remove crow's nests?
  • No, the Animal Services Agency does not offer this service.  Consult the yellow pages for tree services that may offer to remove crow's nests from private property.
My neighbour has a pigeon coop.  Is this allowed?
  • For regulations regarding pigeon coops, please see the Neighbourhood LIveability By-law or contact 311.
Can I shoot the nuisance birds?
  • No, it is illegal to discharge a firearm in the City of Winnipeg.  This includes pellet guns and sling shots.
Last update: September 15, 2017