Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Wildlife Custodian?

Wildlife Custodian Authorizations are issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry for the purpose of the rehabilitation and care of game wildlife or specially protected wildlife. The Act gives wildlife custodians powers (with conditions) to:


• keep game wildlife or specially protected wildlife in temporary captivity

• assess the releasability of rehabilitated game wildlife or specially protected wildlife

• euthanize unreleasable game wildlife or specially protected wildlife

• release rehabilitated game wildlife or specially protected wildlife.


Wildlife custodians must have and maintain a standard of knowledge and skill in wildlife rehabilitation. To ensure wildlife custodians have a minimum level of knowledge and skill, all applicants must prove a minimum proficiency in wildlife rehabilitation prior to obtaining a Wildlife Custodian Authorization.