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Be aware of active wildlife in winter
December 21, 2015 — Conservation Officers remind Yukoners that wildlife remains active in winter and wolf activity is not uncommon. Residents and pet owners are asked to take basic precautions to keep animals and property safe from wildlife. Keep pets indoors, in a dog run or completely fenced yard; don't let pets roam free; always walk your dogs on a leash; and keep pet food indoors. We have a variety of information on how to keep pets and wildlife safe available on our website. Any aggressive behaviour from wildlife should be reported to the Conservation Officer TIPP line at 1-800-661-0525.
December 2, 2015 — Six years after developing the Climate Change Action Plan, the majority of the 33 government actions are either completed or ongoing. The newly released 2015 Climate Change Action Plan Progress Report includes updates on existing commitments, provides information on actions taken beyond the original commitments and details new actions and initiatives to help achieve the government’s existing goals. Read the progress report. (YG News Release)
November 16, 2015 — The Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board is holding a public review of 15 proposals to update or modify rules for fishing and hunting. View the proposals online on the YFWMB website. Comments accepted until 1 pm on Friday, November 27. The board will consider all feedback received before providing a recommendation to the Minister of Environment regarding each proposed change. For more information contact the YFWMB at 867-667-5835 firstname.lastname@example.org.
No hunting of Hart River caribou
November 2, 2015 — The Government of Yukon has ordered an emergency closure of five game management zones to protect the Hart River caribou herd. The closure is in effect from November 1, 2015 to July 31, 2016 and includes the Dempster Highway from km 77 (North Fork Pass) to km 195 (Ogilvie River Bridge). Get complete details regarding the closure on our website.
Whitehorse air quality monitored
November 10, 2015 — Nine air quality monitors have been installed around the City of Whitehorse to measure fine particulate matter levels over the next year from all sources, including wood burning, motor vehicles and wildfires. This study will provide an accurate picture of wood smoke concentration throughout neighbourhoods. (YG News Release)
Snowmobile use along the Dempster Highway
October 27, 2015 — Snowmobiles may now be operated within the Dempster Highway Development Area from the Ogilvie River Bridge to the Yukon-NWT border until April 29, 2016 unless otherwise directed. Any other type of off-road vehicle, such as ATVs, are prohibited. For complete details, visit the Porcupine Caribou Herd page on our website.
New elk hunt opportunity
September 30, 2015 — The Elk/Agriculture Conflict Hunt responds to concerns from Takhini River area farmers over crop damage caused by elk. The Department of Environment has contacted 100 individuals who were unsuccessful in obtaining an elk PHA for 2015-16 about this new opportunity. It is the government’s goal to use the aversive conditioning associated with hunting to train elk groups to avoid agricultural properties in the buffer zone in future.
Public review of updated elk management plan
September 15, 2015 — Environment Yukon and the Yukon Fish & Wildlife Management Board (YFWMB) are seeking public input on a draft updated management plan for the Takhini and Braeburn elk herds. YFWMB will host public meetings during the review period of September 14 to October 13. Comments on the plan can also be submitted online or in writing to the YFWMB office in Whitehorse. (YG News Release)
September newsletter available now
September 15, 2015 — The latest e-newsletter edition features an update on the Conrad Campground, a link to a new e-Newsletter survey, a reminder for hunters to report their kill, instructions for registering for the new online HEED course and several other stories. Sign up to have our e-newsletter delivered directly to your inbox and view past issues here.
Hunter Education and Ethics Development (HEED) course now online
September 1, 2015 — The new course format involves eight hours of online instruction, plus a four-hour classroom session. HEED training is mandatory for hunters born after 1987, but is useful for anyone interested in wildlife and the outdoors. The course covers field techniques, Yukon hunting regulations, wildlife identification, outdoor preparedness and firearm basics. (YG News Release)
Carcross bears to be collared, conditioned
July 30, 2015 — Conservation Officers and others will be undertaking “aversive conditioning” of bears, starting today, to discourage their presence in Carcross. Activities will include loud noises (bear-bangers), lights and trained dogs. Learn more. . .
Celebrate Canada's Parks Day in Yukon
July 8, 2015 — Canada’s Parks Day is an opportunity to participate in fun, educational and family-oriented events at parks and historic sites across the country. Saturday, July 18 events include a free boat trip and self-guided tour of Fort Selkirk, interpretive hikes to Canyon City and a Family Fun Day at Kathleen Lake. Get the details on our Canada's Parks Day web page. There will also be an information booth at the Fireweed Market (Shipyards Park) in Whitehorse on Thursday, July 16.
2015 Permit Hunt Draw Results
June 26, 2015 — This year, Environment Yukon received 3,470 Permit Hunt Authorization (PHA) applications — a record number of applicants. For the 2015 permit hunt draw results, click here.
Same reliable officers, new distinct uniform
June 17, 2015 — Environment Yukon Conservation Officers have "gone green" by switching to a forest green shirt. It will now be easier for the public to identify a CO from a distance by his or her uniform. The distinctive CO vehicle markings will not change.
Winner of 2015 Environmental Stewardship Award
June 17, 2015 — Tomoko Hagio of the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources is the recipient of this year's award. Organized by the Climate Change Secretariat, the annual award is given to Yukon government employees who makes the effort to achieve a more environmentally sustainable workplace. Hagio was chosen for her personal efforts to advance the government's climate change goals. Minister of Environment, Wade Istchenko, presented the award at the Yukon government's Public Service Week barbecue on June 17. (YG News Release)
2015-16 Hunting Regulations Summary now online
June 16, 2015 — The latest edition of the Yukon hunting regulations summary is now available on our website. Important changes for 2015-16 include: permit hunt for the Itsi mountain goat population; additional subzones added to reflect the Fortymile caribou range; removal of the no-hunting corridor and one-week hunting closure on the Dempster. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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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