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Living With Wildlife in Manitoba

 

Beaver

Beavers can become a problem if their eating habits or dam/den building activities cause damage or flooding on property. General information on beavers is available on the Living with Beavers in Manitoba fact sheet.

Authorizations Required for Nuisance Beaver Control

 

Nuisance Beaver Removal

Under The Wildlife Act of Manitoba, authorization is required for the removal of a nuisance beaver. Authorizations may take any one of several forms:

  • Landowners may lethally remove beaver in protection of their property on the land that they own. Any beavers removed under this provision must be reported to a Conservation Officer within ten days.
  • Beavers may be harvested under the authority of a valid trapping licence during a regulated season.
  • Beavers may be harvested by Indigenous people without a formal written authorization, if they do not sell any portion of the animal.  Some restrictions may apply; please consult with a Conservation Officer at your local Sustainable Development district office.
  • Beavers may be lethally removed by a pest management company that has been authorized to conduct that activity.
  • Beavers may be lethally removed under the authority of a Wild Animal Kill Permit that has been issued by a Conservation Officer. Contact a Sustainable Development district office for additional information.

Note: For all of the above points, landowner's permission is required prior to removing beavers on private land.

Beaver Dam Management

Under The Wildlife Act of Manitoba, authorization is required prior to conducting any activities which disturb a beaver dam. This includes activities such as the removal of a dam or the installation of a pond leveler. Authorization is not required for culvert maintenance (clearing debris from culverts). Authorizations may be requested from the local Sustainable Development district office. A legal land description of where the dam management activity is to occur must be provided.

If beaver dam management activities are to be conducted on Crown land, a Crown Land Work Permit may be required. Consult with your local Sustainable Development district office to determine if one is required.

Federal laws require that projects avoid causing serious harm to fish. If beaver dam management activities are being considered on fish-bearing waters, consult with the federal Department of Fisheries, Oceans and Coast Guard to ensure compliance with all federal regulations.