Wildlife health

Find out about how we monitor wildlife health, how our veterinarians work with wild animals in need, and what you can do to keep Yukon’s wildlife safe and healthy.

Environment Yukon’s animal health monitoring programs keep track of the health of key wild animal populations that are harvested (such as caribou, moose, bison, bears, wolves), as well as lesser known species (like wolverines and bats) that contribute to the overall biodiversity of Yukon.

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Monitoring wildlife health

Environment Yukon monitors the health of wildlife populations in several ways. Wild animals found dead and reported to Conservation Officers, or brought directly to an Environment office, are examined to determine the cause of death and if the animal had an infectious disease.

Our department also has specific monitoring programs for diseases like rabies in carnivores and chronic wasting disease in deer, moose and elk.

In the past, winter ticks were a high priority, but are currently not a major concern. Environment Yukon still examines all harvested elk, deer and moose to see where ticks are present and how common they are.

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Veterinary support for wildlife rehabilitation

Wildlife occasionally need help if they’ve been injured. In most cases, it’s best to leave them in the wild. People sometimes feel the need to rescue wild animals they feel have been abandoned or injured—this does more harm than good.

It’s illegal for members of the public to capture and keep live wildlife.

If you find an injured wild animal, or a wild animal you think is abandoned, you should report it to the TIPP line or contact a conservation officer who will tell you what to do.

When an injured animal is brought to Environment Yukon, it’s examined by Animal Health Unit veterinarians. The animal may go to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve for rehabilitation.

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Protecting the health of Yukon wildlife

Yukon has programs and regulations to prevent the introduction of disease to wildlife. Knowing how animal diseases are spread helps ensure people don’t accidentally put wildlife at risk.

Here is some information about what you can do to help keep Yukon wildlife safe and healthy:

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Contact Animal Health Unit

Phone: 867-667-5600
Toll-free (in Yukon, NWT & Nunavut):
1-800-661-0408 ext. 5600
Fax: 867-393-6263

Email: animalhealth@gov.yk.ca
Address: Box 2703 (V-7) Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada Y1A 2C6