1. Q: Who do I contact about wild boars running at large?
A: If you have seen a wild boar roaming at large, we'd like to hear from you. We would also like to hear from any hunter that is successful in shooting a wild boar at large. Report these incidents to the nearest Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship within seven days. Any information submitted will be kept confidential.
This information is very important, and will allow Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardshipand Water Stewardship to monitor the current situation of wild boar at large in our province.
2. Q: Can I hunt wild boars? Can I hunt wild boars on a farm?
A: Since September 1, 2001, Manitoba residents can hunt wild boar at large (unconfined) anywhere in Manitoba, any day of the year, including Sundays (non-residents cannot hunt wild boar). Hunting licences and tags are not required and there is no limit to the number of wild boar you may take. However, most other hunting regulations still apply and wild boar hunters are subject to certain conditions.
It is highly recommended that hunters contact the nearest Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship office and advise the Natural Resources Officer when and where they will be hunting wild boar at large.
Hunters are encouraged to use discretion in the vicinity of a wild boar farm to ensure that the wild boar being hunted are not escaped animals that the owner is trying to recapture.
On January 3, 2002, The Minister of Conservation announced that the practice of penned hunting, including the hunting of confined wild boars on farms, was prohibited.
3. Q: Is wild boar farming or ranching legal in Manitoba?
A: Yes. Wild boars are considered the same as domestic livestock and can be farmed. Importation and possession in Manitoba may be subject to certain restrictions set out in the Exotic Animals Regulation 78/99 because of their potential impact on wildlife and wildlife habitat.
4. Q: How can I keep rabbits and/or deer out of my garden?
A: One of the best ways to protect your backyard garden or berry patch from rabbits is to put up a fence. A fence of two foot high chicken wire with the bottom tight to the ground is sufficient. Live traps are also effective. Use of wildlife repellent on the shrubs and trees should protect them during the winter months.
For deer, an 8 or 10 foot "deer proof" fence provides the most consistent control. For smaller areas, snow fence provides adequate protection. For individual shrubs like cedars, wrap them in burlap during the winter. Also consider the use of repellents or frightening devices.
5. Q: Where can I get live traps for small animals?
A: Within city limits, call City of Winnipeg - 986-2155. Outside of city limits, call the District Office nearest you.
6. Q: Does Wildlife Branch cover vehicle damage from hitting a deer or other wildlife species?
A: No. If your car has sustained damage from hitting any wildlife species, or if you have suffered personal injury from hitting a wild animal, please contact your nearest Manitoba Public Insurance claims office or phone toll free 1-800-318-5558.
To avoid collisions with deer, drive with caution, reduce your speed and be on alert for deer that may be feeding beside the road, especially at night.
7. Q: How can I deter crows from hanging around my property?
A: You can dissuade crows from hanging around your property by removing their nests, and removing food sources such as open garbage containers and food scraps.
8. Q: Who do you call if you suspect an animal has rabies?
9. Q: What do I do if an animal that is suspected of being rabid has bitten me?
A: Seek medical attention immediately if a biting incident has occurred involving a wild or domestic animal suspected of carrying rabies. Immediately wash the wound or surface with soap and water. For more information or advice, contact your nearest public health office or facility, or call Health Links- Info Santé (7 days a week, 24 hours a day) at 788-8200 (in Winnipeg) or 1-888-315-9257 (province wide).
10. Q: What do I do to initiate a wildlife crop damage claim?
A: First, contact your nearest Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship office or Scare Cannon Depot. From these locations, you can borrow scaring equipment to prevent or minimize further damage from occurring. Next, contact your nearest Manitoba Crop Insurance Corporation office to initiate a claim.
11. Q: What do I do if there is a black bear near my home, cottage or camping area?
A: When bears come into inhabited areas, they are usually in search of food sources. Be Bear Smart when you're in bear country, whether you are in your home, cottage or camping and hiking.
Remove any attractants that are in the area, and that will usually be enough to solve any future problems. If you have removed the attractants, but the bear becomes a repeat visitor, please contact the nearest Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship office.