Frequently Asked Questions

Why can’t I keep wild animals at home?

Authorized Wildlife Custodians have been granted permission by the MNRF to keep injured, sick or immature game wildlife or specially protected wildlife in captivity for the purpose of rehabilitating or caring for them. Wild animals have very specific nutritional and care needs that cannot be accessed by regular veterinarians or pet supply retailers. To treat them requires specialized training for safe, effective and humane handling and care. Animals raised or cared for by the untrained public have a very low chance at survival or post release success.


Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act 1997;


PART III: LIVE WILDLIFE AND FISH - Wildlife in captivity

40.1 A person shall not keep live game wildlife or live specially protected wildlife in captivity except under the authority of a licence and in accordance with the regulations.