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February 1, 2018 The road to recovery began 25 years ago when First Nations, governments and residents started working together to help these herds recover. Today, the growing numbers of caribou are testament to the sacrifice and effort invested. But these “urban” caribou aren’t in the clear yet as human activities continue to encroach on their range.

One of the major threats is collisions with vehicles. Be mindful when travelling on roads or in the backcountry this winter. Remember, you are in caribou habitat. This map shows collision hotspots. For more information, call 867-667-5652.


Public review period for the Designated Material Regulation

February 1, 2018 Previous proposed changes to recycling regulations will not come into force on February 1, 2018 (and the corresponding Feb. 1, 2018 deadline for producers’ registration). The current Designated Material Regulation remains in effect. A future implementation date and registration deadline for a new Designated Material Regulation will be determined after analysis of what we heard from industry, interested stakeholders and the public during the recent engagement period.


Bison Hunting Workshop

November 6, 2017 Environment Yukon is offering a free workshop on how to safely, legally, and ethically hunt Yukon Bison. Join Hunter Education Coordinator Jim Welsh and wildlife specialists from Environment Yukon on November 21 from 6-9:30pm in the Grey Room at the Mt. McIntyre Recreation Centre. Doors open at 5:30pm. Snacks and refreshments will be available. Registration is encouraged by phone at 667-5617, or by emailing Jim.Welsh@gov.yk.ca. Learn more about Hunter Education and Ethics Development.


The lower Dempster is closed to caribou hunting

November 2, 2017 The Government of Yukon would like to remind hunters that caribou hunting in five game-management subzones: 2-16, 2-23, 2-27, 2-28 and 2-39 closes effective November 1. This includes the Dempster Highway from kilometre 77 (North Fork Pass) to kilometer 195 (Ogilvie River bridge). Please help conserve the Hart River caribou herd. Learn more.


2017-18 Trapping Regulations Summary available
October 10, 2017 — The 2017-18 Yukon Trapping Regulations Summary is now available online and at the Whitehorse Environment office, and will be available at other community Environment offices shortly. The booklet provides information on new trap use requirements that will be coming into effect for beaver and wolf in 2020, an outline of trapping regulations, and information of interest to trappers. Learn more and read the booklet online.

Updated insert map from the 2017-18 Hunting Regulations Summary

October 3, 2017Please be aware that the printed map included in the 2017-18 Yukon Hunting Regulations Summary does not include six parcels of Category A Settlement Lands. The Department of Environment regrets the error and is working to correct the map online and provide updated maps at Environment offices and directly to hunters via email. Please note that all other maps developed and distributed by the Department of Environment – including those within the hunting regulations summary from previous years, and the Administrative Boundary Atlas – are correct. Remember the annual regulations summaries are not legal documents. It is the responsibility of all hunters to know their legal responsibilities and obey the laws.


No moose hunting in Faro area

September 15, 2017 Moose hunting is closed, effective September 15, 2017, in Game Management Subzones 4-44, 4-45 and 4-46 near Faro. The harvest threshold of 15 animals has been reached for this season. For more information about the threshold hunt for licensed hunters, please refer to p. 37 of this year’s Hunting Regulations Summary.


Online harvest reporting available

August 17, 2017 If you have a Yukon hunting eLicence, you can now submit your harvest reports online. Access the form here or through your Environment eServices account.


Hunting closure: Sheep Mountain sheep

August 1, 2017 An immediate closure of sheep hunting adjacent to Kluane National Park, Sheep Mountain, is in effect August 1, 2017 to October 31, 2017, unless otherwise determined through a revision of this closure. The closure includes the portion of Game Management Subzone 5–21 bounded on the north by Congdon Creek (km 1666), the south by Slims River Bridge (km 1648), and the eastern boundary of Kluane National Park. This closure is an urgent measure to facilitate conservation of the Sheep Mountain sheep population.


August 1, 2017 The draw for the 2017-18 Permit Hunt Authorizations is now complete. Successful applicants have been notified by email and registered mail, and results are posted on the permit hunt information page.


Progress on protecting Yukon's water resources

July 27, 2017 A summary of actions completed in the third year of of Yukon's water strategy is available on yukonwater.ca. Implementation of the Yukon Water Strategy and Action Plan (2014) involves seven Yukon government departments, along with a wide range of water managers outside government.   The plan was developed with public input, and help from other governments and agencies that manage or advocate protection of water resources, ensuring the plan reflects the diverse values, needs, and interests of Yukoners.


Updates to the Beverage Container Regulation

July 18, 2017 As of August 1, 2017, updates to the Beverage Container Regulation will come into effect. It now includes milk products and milk substitutes. Changes have been made to surcharge and refund amounts. For more information, please visit YGrecycles.ca.


2017-18 Yukon Hunting Regulations Summary now available online

July 6, 2017 You can read the new 2017-18 Yukon Hunting Regulations Summary booklet on our website. Printed copies will be available later in July. Important changes for this hunting season include new rules around the use of drones and updated standards for archery equipment. For more on regulation changes and to download the PDF, visit our hunting regulations page.


Kluane BioBlitz 2017

June 19, 2017 Join in Yukon's biological treasure hunt and discover species at this year's Canada 150 BioBlitz in the Kluane area from June 22 to 25, 2017. Over 50 scientists will be documenting and collecting data on this unique ecosystem. The public is welcome to join through the scheduled public events. Learn more.


Wild Discoveries begins

June 1, 2017 Summer is here and so are Wild Discoveries! Join us for free events exploring Yukon's diverse wildlife and its habitat. Watch your mailbox for the events calendar, arriving soon, or view our online events calendar.


Annual fry release

May 26, 2017 Help Environment Yukon Fisheries staff with their annual fry release at Hidden Lakes on Saturday, May 27 from 3:00 p.m. Learn more about Yukon fish and the Stocked Lakes Program. Visit www.env.gov.yk.ca/events for more information.


Grizzly bear conservation survey ends Saturday

May 25, 2017 The public survey for grizzly bear conservation and management closes this Saturday, May 27 at midnight. Please take a few moments to complete this online survey to have your say.


Proposed change to campground regulations

May 11, 2017 The Government of Yukon is proposing to change the campground regulation that allows campsites to be left unoccupied and increase the fine for not adhering to this regulation. Complete this survey to have your say about this proposed change. Learn more.


Permit Hunt Authorization lottery

May 8, 2017 The Permit Hunt Authorization (PHA) lottery is now open. Submit your application at your nearest Environment office. If you have an eLicence, you can now apply online. The deadline for PHA applications is close of business hours, June 9, 2017. Learn more.


2017 Special Guide Licences
May 3, 2017 — The results of the 2017 Special Guide Licence Lottery are now available.

Grizzly bear conservation survey
April 28, 2017 — Are you interested in Yukon grizzly bears? We want to hear from you! Complete this survey before midnight May 27 to have your say in the Yukon Grizzly Bear Conservation and Management Plan.


April 26, 2017 Do you have chickens, other livestock, compost piles, feed storage or other wildlife attractants on your farm? The Agriculture Branch of Energy, Mines and Resources and WildWise Yukon are co-hosting a hands on electric fencing workshop near Whitehorse on May 13, 2017. Participants will be entered into a draw to win a portable electric fence!


Hunting eLicences
April 3, 2017 — The Department of Environment is now issuing hunting eLicences! Come into your nearest Environment office to get yours for the 2017/18 hunting season.


March 30, 2017 Thinking of going fishing this weekend? Don’t forget to purchase your 2017-18 angling licence before you head out. You can purchase it online, or at any Environment office. Make sure you are aware of the new fishing regulations for 2017-18.

Special Guide Licences

March 27, 2017 — Applications for special guide licences are available at any Department of Environment office from April 3. Deadline for applications is April 21, at the close of office hours. Lottery results will be posted online on April 28.

2017-18 Yukon Fishing Regulations Summary now available online
March 13, 2017 — The latest edition of the Yukon Fishing Regulations Summary is now available on our website. There are some important changes to the regulations that come into effect April 1, 2017, so have a look before you head out to fish. Get more details and download a copy from our fishing regulations page. Printed copies of the booklet will be available later this month from Environment Yukon offices and anywhere fishing licences are sold.

Wolf sightings reported in Yukon
February 17, 2017 — Wolf sightings have been reported around the territory. While wolves are generally not a threat to humans, they are opportunistic predators that quickly learn to exploit easily available food sources, including pets. Conservation Officers encourage residents to keep close supervision on their domestic animals. Learn more about wolf safety.

Wanted: summer youth workers
February 6, 2017 — Yukon youth aged 16 – 29 are invited to apply for summer employment with Environment Yukon. Make a positive impact on the environment and gain a wide variety of career-building experience. Job descriptions and applications are available on our website. Deadline to apply is February 13, 2017.


Caribou on Yukon Highways
December 20, 2016 — The Carcross and Tagish Renewable Resources Council and Environment Yukon would like to remind motorists to be aware of wildlife on highways in the Southern Lakes area this winter.

The Carcross caribou herd are back in their winter range, and will frequently be crossing the Alaska Highway and the Carcross and Tagish roads until the end of April. Be alert when you see signs of caribou - like scat and tracks - on the right of way or in the ditches.

Hard work completed through the Southern Lakes Caribou Recovery Program has helped this herd slowly recover from historic low numbers in the early 1990's. Your careful driving helps maintain a healthy caribou population.

For more information on Southern Lakes caribou, their management, or the Recovery Program, contact Environment Yukon at 667-5652.

Snowmobile use along the Dempster Highway

November 1, 2016 — Snowmobiles may now be operated along the Dempster Highway corridor from the Ogilvie River Bridge to the Yukon-NWT border, unless otherwise directed. Other types off off-road vehicles, such as ATVs, are prohibited. For complete details, visit the Porcupine Caribou Herd page.

Attention Dempster Highway caribou hunters
October 27, 2016 — Licensed caribou hunting is closed in five game management zones: 2-16, 2-23, 2-27, 2-28 and 2-39 to protect the Hart River caribou herd. The closure will be in effect from November 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017 and includes the Dempster Highway from kilometre 77 (North Fork Pass) to kilometer 195 (Ogilvie River Bridge) Read more...

Campgrounds close for season Oct. 2

September 29, 2016 — Campers are encouraged to stay at any of the 10 extended season campgrounds before they close for the season on October 2. Click here for a full list of available Yukon government campgrounds.

2016-17 Trapping Regulations Summary available
September 21, 2016 — The 2016-17 Yukon Trapping Regulations Summary is now available at Environment Yukon offices. The booklet provides new trap use requirements for otter, an outline of trapping regulations and information of interest to trappers. Learn more and read the booklet online.

White Pass pesticide use permit decision
July 29, 2016 — The Government of Yukon has decided not to issue a permit to DeAngelo Brothers Inc. to spray pesticides along the White Pass and Yukon Route railway right of way within the territory at this time.

Updated elk management plan in Yukon
July 28, 2016 — Together with the Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board, Environment Yukon is pleased to release an update to the Management Plan for Elk in Yukon. The plan is a framework to guide elk management and focuses on free-ranging elk, which includes an estimated 200 elk in the Takhini Valley and 60 elk in the Braeburn area. Check out the updated plan and find out more about how elk is managed in the territory.

New dog care programs for Yukon communities
July 16, 2016 — The Yukon government has launched two new programs to help address challenges with dogs in communities. Through the Community Dog Care Initiative, the Animal Health Unit will support community leaders in creating a plan to address their specific dog care issues. The Community Dog Spay Project will help offset the cost of a spay surgery for one female dog per owner for Yukoners living in rural communities. Learn more on our website. (YG News Release)

Have your say about Yukon government campgrounds
June 30, 2016 — "Park" your thoughts about Yukon government campgrounds in a quick survey. Tell us about your Yukon camping habits and how you think our campgrounds could be improved. Fill out the online survey for a chance to win a resident annual camping permit or a Yukon Parks baseball cap.

2016-17 Hunting Regulations Summary is now available

June 27, 2016 — The latest edition of the Yukon Hunting Regulations Summary is now available on our website. Important changes for 2016-17 include: the allowable harvest for the Faro threshold hunt is now 15 moose and the use of motorized vehicles is permitted to retrieve and transport harvested bison within the three-kilometre zone adjacent to the Alaska Highway in Game Management Subzone 5-38. For information on all regulation changes and access to the PDF version of the summary, visit our hunting regulations page. Printed copies of the booklet will be available in July, with the French version available in August.

Public review of pesticide application permit for White Pass & Yukon Route railway
July 8, 2016 — The deadline has been extended to July 15 for the public review period for the DeAngelo Brothers Corporation pesticide permit application. To submit your feedback, please fax or email Environmental Programs at Environment Yukon.

June e-newsletter now available
June 26 , 2016 — Sign up to have our e-newsletter delivered directly to your inbox, and have a look at past issues on our e-newsletter page. The latest edition features information about the Carmacks Bioblitz, Air Quality Health Index (AQHI), sheep horn research, YG campground accessibility, the new online format of Yukon's State of the Environment report, and more.

Permit hunt authorization (PHA) public event
June 10, 2016 — The application period for the permit hunt authorization lottery has ended. A public event will be held to announce the successful recipients of the elk, deer (youth) and Kluane sheep permits. The event will take place at Environment Yukon’s 10 Burns Rd. office in Whitehorse on Friday, June 17, 2016 at 11 a.m. All results, including the remaining sheep, moose, goat, caribou and additional deer permits, will be available on our website Monday, June 20, 2016.

2016 State of the Environment Report now available
May 25, 2016 — The 2016 State of the Environment Report is now available in an accessible and interactive online version. This report provides information on the condition of Yukon’s environment and contains information on climate change; air; water; landscape; and fish and wildlife.

Conrad Campground now open
May 20, 2016 — The newest addition to the Yukon territorial campground system is now open to the public. Located on the shore of Tagish Lake's Windy Arm, the campground was developed in partnership with the Carcross/Tagish First Nation. Conrad is the first new campground in Yukon in nearly 30 years.

The Government of Yukon supports recycling with amended regulations
May 12, 2016 — The Government of Yukon passed new regulations to enhance the territory’s recycling system. The changes simplify the Beverage Container Regulation and include milk products and milk substitutes. The changes also expand the Designated Material Regulation to include more tire sizes, electronics and electrical products.

Extended camping season at 10 campgrounds
May 11, 2016 — Environment Yukon would like to remind campers that 10 Yukon government campgrounds will be maintained and serviced starting on May 13. The remaining campgrounds and recreation sites will open on May 20.

Special guide licence lottery results available

April 29, 2016 — The special guiding licence process changed for the 2016-17 hunting season. This year Environment Yukon is offering 125 special guiding licences through a lottery. The draw results are available on the special guide licencing page of our website.

April newsetter now available
April 15, 2016 — The latest edition of our e-newsletter features information about Yukon Rideshare, A Celebration of Swans events, the Faro Crane and Sheep Festival, a new species guide to Ivvavik National Park and more. Sign up to have our e-newsletter delivered directly to your inbox and view past issues here.

Caribou shot and abandoned along Dempster Highway
March 31, 2016 — Conservation Officers are seeking the assistance from anyone with information related an investigation surrounding shot and abandoned caribou along the Dempster Highway in order to help identify the person or persons responsible.

Changes to the special guide licence process
March 21, 2016 — The special guiding licence process has changed for the 2016-17 hunting season. New this year, Environment Yukon will offer 125 Yukon special guiding licences through a lottery process. Applications can be completed and dropped off at any Environment Yukon office between April 1, 2016 and April 22, 2016 at the close of local office hours. The draw will occur on April 29, 2016.



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