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News Archive

Use proper wildlife viewing etiquette to protect South Klondike bears

June 12, 2015 — Conservation Officers are concerned with the frequency of unsafe roadside wildlife viewing practices along the South Klondike Hwy. Please follow these basic rules when observing wildlife if you decide to stop.

Dempster Highway Golden Eagle feathers removed

June 8, 2015 Conservation Officer Services Branch is seeking assistance from the public to identify the person(s) responsible for removing the wings and tail feathers from a dead Golden Eagle on the Dempster Highway.

Electric fencing workshops June 14 & 15
June 8, 2015 If you keep poultry or bees, have a garden full of berries, or keep a freezer outside your home you need to keep predators away safely. Environment Yukon and WildWise Yukon are pleased to offer free, interactive workshops with an electric fencing expert on June 14 (Whitehorse) and June 15 (Marsh Lake). Both workshops start at 6:30 pm.


Be mindful of cougars in Whitehorse area
June 4, 2015 Conservation Officer Services Branch is advising the public to be mindful about what to do if you encounter a cougar following a report of a sighting near Whitehorse on May 22. Cougars are a rare species in Yukon, but if you do encounter one, stay calm, avoid sudden movements and back away slowly. For more information, visit the Cougar Safety page on our website.

Naturalist Summer Kickstart set for June 4
May 28, 2015 The Yukon Conservation Data Centre is hosting an evening event to not only showcase recent advances and activities but also some ongoing Yukon-based research studies. The “Naturalist Summer Kickstart” will be held at the Beringia Centre on Thursday, June 4, from 7:30-9:00 pm. Short presentations will be made on bees, ladybugs, butterflies, plants, bats, and pika. Find out how you can contribute to species assessment and conservation in Yukon.


Conservation Officers are seeking additional information

May 22, 2015 Conservation Officers are asking anyone who may have seen or photographed a black bear between Kookatsoon Lake and the CCC Road on the South Klondike Highway to share their information or photos with Environment Yukon. Information or photos taken between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on May 17, 2015 can be shared using the online TIPP reporting form and will be helpful in determining when this bear was shot.

Regulation changes will help moose and caribou populations recover

May 21, 2015 — The Government of Yukon has amended the territory's Wildlife Regulation and Trapping Regulation. The seven amendments take into account the recommendations provided by the Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board and reflect solid scientific and traditional knowledge about wildlife and wildlife management. All but one of the new rules are in effect now. (YG News Release)

Read the State of the Environment Interim Report
May 15 , 2015 Minister of Environment Wade Istchenko tabled the Yukon State of the Environment Interim Report 2015 on May 13. The 2015 interim report uses the best available information to update 27 of the 33 environmental indicators from the Yukon State of the Environment Report, which was published in May 2014. It also provides information on recent and current government actions to address environmental issues, and includes 11 profile stories that highlight interesting and evolving work in Yukon.

eServices available for anglers and campers

May 12, 2015 Yukon angling licenses and resident annual campground permits can now be purchased online. The service began this week on a limited basis through a self-serve iosk at our main office in Whitehorse. On Tuesday, May 19 the service will be fully functioning and available for anyone with an internet connectede computer through the Environment Yukon website.

Roadside bear hunting to continue
May 11, 2015 The Government of Yukon will maintain the roadside hunting of grizzly bears while developing the territory’s first grizzly bear management plan. The management plan will ensure that the varied interests in the conservation and management of Yukon’s grizzly bear population are heard and addressed, including federal Species at Risk concerns. (YG News Release)

Beaver killed on Millenium Trail in Whitehorse

May 7, 2015 A mature beaver appears to have been bludgeoned to death on the Millenium Trail on May 7. The animal was found about 100 metres downstream from the fish hatchery on the Riverdale side of the trail. It is an offense under the Wildlife Act to kill a beaver without a permit. Conservation Officers request the public's assistance for more information about this incident. Call the TIPP line at 1-800-661-0525 or report online at www.env.gov.yk/tipp.

Seeking information on unsolved case

April 30, 2015 Environment Yukon has two new cold case files. We're asking the public for information on an illegally shot lynx found near Carmacks and wasted moose meat at Frenchman Lake. For details on these and other unsolved cases, visit the TIPP page.

Draft Kusawa Park Management Plan now available
April 27, 2015 The public is invited to comment on the Draft Management Plan for the new Kusawa Territorial Park. The Plan sets out a long-term vision for the future management and operation of Kusawa Park and provides for the protection of the park's natural, historic and cultural resources.

Circumpolar adaptation portal launched
April 27, 2015 Visit the Arctic Adaptation Exchange, a new online resource that supports knowledge sharing about climate change adaptation in the Arctic and provides access to over 600 research papers, project reports and other documents. Explore the effects of climate change, share experiences and connect with experts. (YG News Release)

April e-newsletter now available
April 15, 2015 The latest Environment Yukon e-newsletter has been released. This edition highlights the Dawson City Fur Show and the Minister of Environment's participation, a study about the health of polar bear populations in the Western Arctic and more! Sign up to have our newsletter delivered directly to your inbox as well as to view past issues here.


Our website is now mobile friendly!
March 19, 2015 Viewing our website on the go just became a whole lot easier. We’ve recently made changes to our public website that enables mobile users to more easily view and navigate through the site. The new mobile-friendlier website gives users access to the same content that’s on the desktop version, but with modified layout and navigation options. Grab your smartphone and try it out!

Latest fishing regulations summary now available
March 18, 2015  The 2015-16 edition of the Yukon Fishing Regulations Summary is now available online and at Environment Yukon offices across the territory. There are some important changes to the regulations that come into effect April 1, 2015, so have a look before you head out to fish. Get more details and download a digital copy here.


You're invited to the Celebration of Swans
March 16, 2015 Yukon's premier birding festival is coming up! Join us from April 1 to May 10 at Swan Haven to enjoy the coming of spring with these majestic birds. Free events include talks about swans and other water birds, guided walks and workshops. You can also enter to win a Nikon spotting scope at Celebration of Swans events. Check the spring calendar of wildlife viewing events for more details.

Sign up for swine health workshops

March 4, 2015 Yukoners who raise or plan to raise pigs are invited to attend workshops in Dawson City (March 18) or Whitehorse (March 21). Swine expert Dr. Mike Sheridan will speak on nutrition, principles of swine disease, and husbandry. Click here or call 667-5838 to register by the deadline of Wednesday, March 11. (Whitehorse poster, Dawson poster)

Roadside bear hunting recommendations released
March 2, 2015 The Yukon government has waived the confidentiality requirement for the Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board’s recommendations concerning bear hunting next to major highways. The board has made three recommendations regarding the proposed regulation change. The proposed change would make it unlawful to harvest grizzly during the spring hunting season within 30 metres of the centre line of the highway in southwest Yukon. The minister has up to 60 days to respond formally to the board, with an option of a 30-day extension. (YG news release)

What we heard on proposed recycling system changes
February 24, 2015 Feedback received during the public review of proposed changes to the recycling system has been summarized in the document Comments on Proposed Changes to the Recycling System under the Environment Act. The review period ran from September to November 2014. Proposed changes will affect the Beverage Container Regulations and the Designated Material Regulation under the Environment Act.


February issue of e-newsletter released

February 12, 2015 As much as we'd enjoy dancing with our new Minister, it was a game of outdoor hockey that we had in mind. See what we mean in the latest edition of our e-news. Also, learn more about Water Week 2015, moose on Two-Mile Hill, a Yukon River deer rescue and Y2C2. View all our back issues and get your own subscription, delivered monthly to your inbox.

Information wanted: Collared grizzly bear killed near Annie Lake

January 26, 2015 Environment Yukon is investigating the unreported killing of a collared grizzly bear between April 27 and May 5, 2014. Call the TIPP line (1-800-661-0525), file a report online, or call Whitehorse District Conservation Officer Services at 867-667-8005. (Poster)

Double issue of e-newsletter available
January 21, 2015 – The first 2015 issue of our e-newsletter has been delivered! You can take a look at it here. This special December/January double issue features information about the Environmental Awareness Fund, Yukon species at risk, Yukon Water Strategy progress and a lot more. Get your own subscription here.

 

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