Living with Wildlife in Manitoba
Human-wildlife conflicts can occur when people and wildlife
compete for resources, wherever you're living, working or
pursuing recreational activities.
Native animals are wild animals whether you see them in
natural areas or your own backyard. While we are privileged
to be able to observe fascinating native animals at such
close quarters, living with wildlife has its own special
Wild animals in inappropriate locations can pose significant
problems for or threats to humans, other animals, or the
environment. They can cause serious damage to crops, livestock
and property. They can create hazardous conditions for vehicular
traffic. They can expose you and/or your pets to disease
and health issues.
Always treat wild animals with caution. Learn to recognize
the signs of wildlife presence and/or damage, and understand
your options for deterring unwanted visitors on your property.
CAUTION AROUND WILDLIFE
Some species of wildlife can be dangerous and capable of inflicting serious injury and, in rare instances, even death. Follow some basic principles to avoid and reduce the likelihood of an unpleasant or dangerous encounter.
- Be aware of your surroundings and the species of wildlife you may encounter and exercise extra caution at night, dusk or the early morning.
- Never walk alone in a wooded area.
- Never approach or chase wild animals.
- Supervise children at all times.
- Do not allow your dog to chase wild animals as this may provoke an attack on the dog and yourself.
- Never crowd wildlife even if they do not seem agitated, give them plenty of room to leave the area.
- Do not feed wild animals. Manitoba regulations now prohibit the feeding of wildlife along provincial roads and highways.
- Carry a walking stick and a noise making device like an air horn or loud whistle.
- Feed pets indoors and keep pet food in a secure place.
- Remove food sources like pet food, garbage and barbeques.
If you encounter wildlife:
- Make yourself appear larger
- Make noise
- Maintain eye contact
- Back away slowly
- Never run as this make provoke a chase and an attack
If you are concerned about your safety in the presence of wildlife, immediately contact the nearest Manitoba Sustainable Development office
; or the local police; or Emergency Services at 911, in most rural locations.