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The Winnipeg Humane Society protects animals from suffering and promotes their welfare and dignity – including Manitoba wildlife.

Encountering a raccoon

In most towns and cities, Manitoba Conservation cannot keep up with the overwhelming number of raccoon complaints. A homeowner can do a number of things to help themselves in most cases.

  • Do not feed, disturb, or handle the raccoon. Do not handle the animal’s young either. Mother raccoons are usually nearby and can be viciously protective.
  • If the raccoon is causing a problem, contact your local animal control office, company, or the nearest Manitoba Conservation District Office.
  • Raccoons may not be kept as pets in Manitoba. People who do so risk injury from the animal and prosecution by Manitoba Conservation.
  • If you are injured (bitten, scratched, etc.) seek immediate medical attention. If your pet is injured, seek immediate veterinary attention.
  • Raccoon feces should be cleaned up using proper materials to avoid personal contamination (shovels, disposable rubber gloves, string disinfectants, etc.). The feces should be buried or sent securely to a landfill. Treat all contaminated areas and tools with disinfectant.
  • If immediate help is not available with a raccoon in a closed space, a property owner can:
    • Place bright lights, a loud radio, and/or employ repellents in/near the area to drive the animal out.
    • If the raccoon is caught in a chimney/stovepipe, drop a rope down to allow it to climb out; bright lights and a loud radio will encourage the raccoon to leave. Afterwards, cap the chimney/stovepipe once the animal is gone.
  • Wildlife Haven is not equipped to handle raccoons as they carry a fatal roundworm that can be transmitted to humans. If more information is needed, call Wildlife Haven.
  • All raccoons must be referred to Manitoba Conservation (204-945-5221).

Contact Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre

Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre is located just north of Île-des-Chênes, about 10 km south of Winnipeg on Highway 59. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., seven days a week. Please phone ahead if you are dropping off wildlife.

Wildlife can also be dropped off at the Winnipeg Humane Society intake (45 Hurst Way), where they will be picked up.

Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre: 204-878-3740 OR info@wildlifehaven.ca.
Winnipeg Humane Society intake: 204-982-2021 (option 5) or reception@winnipeghumanesociety.ca


– Information from: Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre