Camping & RVs
Protected Area Planning
Territorial Parks & Protected Areas
- Agay Mene (Park in progress)
- Asi Keyi (Park in progress)
- Big Island
- Coal River Springs
- Devil's Elbow
- Herschel Island - Qikiqtaruk
- Horseshoe Slough
- Kusawa (Park in progress)
- Lhutsaw Wetlands
- Ni'iinlii Njik (Fishing Branch)
- Old Crow Flats (Van Tat K'atr'anahtii)
- Ta'Tla Mun
- Ts'alwnjik Chu (Nordenskiold) Wetland
Hunting in Yukon
Fishing in Yukon
Trapping in Yukon
- Trapping Regulation Highlights
- Humane Trapping Standards
- Trapper Education
- Development Concession - CAPS
- Yukon Trapper Profiles
Hunter & Trapper Education & Resources
- Wildlife Viewing Program
- Wildlife Viewing Events
- Viewing Tips & Etiquette
- Best Viewing Sites
- Through the Seasons
- Bird Watching
- Swan Haven
- Celebration of Swans
- Southern Lakes Bear Study
- Winter Ticks
- Wildlife Diseases & Contaminants
- Wildlife Management Modelling
- Climate Change
- Climate Change Action Plan
- Impacts of Climate Change
- Climate Change Adaptation
- Water & Climate Change
- Yukon Government Initiatives
Air & Water
Waste & Chemicals
Clean Northern Living
- Household Hazardous Waste
- Spill Reporting
- Help Stop Invasive Species
- Turn in Poachers & Polluters
- Warming Up Your Vehicle
- Wood Burning Tips
- Environment Fair 2013
- Draft Yukon Water Strategy
- Animal Health Act Review
- Volunteer Opportunities in Yukon Parks
- How You Can Help Wildlife Studies
- Environmental Awareness Fund
- Joining Boards & Councils
- Community Organizations
- BIGFOOT/littlefoot Game
- Environmental Monitoring Programs for Students
- Resource Guides for Teachers
- Backyard Biodiversity
- Resource Staff at Environment Yukon
- Environment Education Links
About the Department
Maps & GIS Data
April Snow Survey Bulletin Available
April 11, 2013 – Generally the April Yukon snowpack is quite variable ranging from below normal (70 - 90%) in Northern Yukon and the Haines Junction area, to above normal (110 - 130 %) in central and southeastern Yukon. Southwestern, south central regions and the Peel watershed have a normal (90 - 110%) snowpack, while the Faro and Ross River area have a snowpack in the order of 130 to 150% of normal.
Public Review of Animal Health Act
March 26, 2013– Proposed changes to the Animal Health Act will help the Yukon government respond more quickly and effectively to health threats involving wild and domestic animals. They also recognize the impacts that animal diseases can have on human health, which the current act doesn’t do. The deadline for comments is May 31, 2013 (new deadline). (YG News Release)
Draft Yukon Water Strategy released for public review
March 20, 2013- All Yukoners are invited to participate in the development of a water strategy that will guide the Yukon government’s approach to water management for the benefit of water users and the environment. Comments are sought on the proposed vision, principles and goals as well as six priorities and the short and long-term actions for achieving them. Comments are welcomed until close of business May 31. (YG News Release)
March 19, 2013 - An updated map showing areas of concentration for the herd in late winter (Feb-March) is now available. This map includes location data obtained during aerial surveys from March 2011 to March 2013.
March Snow Survey Bulletin Available
March 12, 2013 – Territorial snow pack conditions are normal except for the Faro and Ross River area (150 per cent of normal) and the Haines Junction area (85 per cent of normal). It is too early in the season for Water Resources Branch hydrologists to make accurate predictions for spring run-off levels.
Attn Hwy Drivers: Be alert for caribou
March 8, 2013 – More Southern Lakes caribou than usual have been reported along key highways near Whitehorse this month. Vehicle collisions are the biggest cause of death for the Carcross caribou herd and can injure drivers too. Report your caribou sightings and any roadkill you see to the Environment Yukon TIPP line at 1-800-661-0525.
Public review of Tombstone Management Plan
February 19, 2013 - What do you think about how Tombstone Territorial Park is being managed? Tell the Park Management Committee what you think at one of the upcoming public meetings or online at www.tombstonepark.ca. The deadline for comments is April 7, 2013.
New map for Aishihik wood bison
February 14, 2013 - An updated map showing areas of concentration for the herd in late winter (Feb-March) is now available. Data for the past five years showing where radio collared bison (and some groups with no collars) have been found during late winter.
Calling all artists - Celebration of Swans Poster Contest
January 17, 2013 - Every year a collectible poster is produced featuring a local, swan-inspired art piece that celebrates spring. Submit an image of your art for our poster context by Friday, February 15.
Chisana caribou management plan released
January 16, 2013 - The Management Plan for the Chisana Caribou Herd 2010-2015 calls for a collaborative approach to promote the sustainable use of wildlife resources. It is intended to support a stable or increasing population of Chisana caribou in western Yukon. The Government of Yukon, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, White River First Nation, Kluane First Nation, U.S. National Park Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service jointly developed the plan.
Excellence in Water Stewardship Award
January 8, 2013 – The Water Stewardship Award recognizes the collective obligation of Canadians and their governments to be responsible water stewards. Organizations, partnerships, businesses, institutions, or community groups that contribute to water stewardship in the Yukon, can apply, or nominate a worthy group by January 31, 2013.
Winter access to Kluane and Chilkoot recreation areas
December 21, 2012 - The territorial and federal governments have arranged for winter access to the Kluane National Park and Reserve and the Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site. By plowing out the Kathleen Lake campground and Log Cabin parking lot, the governments are supporting winter tourism and enhancing safety. (News Release)
Caribou migrating in southern
November 7, 2012 – Attention highway drivers: Caribou in the Southern Lakes and southeast Yukon regions are on the move to their winter ranges. When you see caribou near the highway, slow down and be alert. Drive to current road conditions and pay attention to warning signs. Please report your observations of caribou near the highway and any roadkill caribou you see to the Environment Yukon TIPP line at 1-800-661-0525. Be aware, drive safe!
No hunting Hart River Caribou on the Dempster Highway
October 31, 2012 – As of November 1, 2012, licenced hunters cannot harvest caribou found in Game Management Subzones 2-16, 2-23, 2-27, 2-28 and 2-39 (including the Dempster Highway from North Fork Pass to the Ogilvie River Bridge). There are no Porcupine caribou along this stretch of the Dempster Highway right now so the risk of overhunting the Hart River caribou in the area is very high.
Dempster Highway corridor open to snowmobiles
October 31 , 2012 - You can now use your snowmobile for travel along the Dempster Highway corridor from the Ogilve River Bridge to the Yukon-NWT border. If weather conditions change, snowmobile closures may come into effect.
October 10, 2012 – 17 of the 33 priority actions called for in the Yukon Government Climate Change Action Plan have been completed, with the remaining actions either ongoing or under development. Detailed information about work to date is set out in the Climate Change Action Plan Progress Report. (YG News Release)
New bison management plan
September 4, 2012 - The Government of Yukon has adopted the Management Plan for the Aishihik Wood Bison Herd. The plan provides a broad framework to guide the management of the herd, while addressing local concerns and interests. The annual bison hunt will be the primary tool for maintaining the herd at or near 1,000 animals.
Voluntary no hunting request
October 2, 2012 - The voluntary moose hunting closure is now in effect for GMS 4-45 near Faro. By hunting elsewhere, moose hunters help achieve conservation goals for the area without the need for regulation. Please do not hunt moose in GMS 4-45.
Reminder for licensed hunters - Kill report deadline
September 4, 2012 - Kill reports and compulsory submissions for most species are due no later than 15 days after the end of the month in which you successfully hunted. If you were successful in October, your deadline is November 15. Find out more about compulsory submissions, biological samples and kill reports in this year's Hunting Regulations Summary. You can pick up a hard copy wherever hunting licences are sold.
Hunter check stops are back
August 17, 2012 - You can expect to see hunter check stops on Yukon roads now that big game hunting season is open. Environment Yukon’s Conservation Officers use these check stops to collect information used for wildlife management and to ensure that hunters are complying with the Wildlife Act and its regulations. Your cooperation with Conservation Officers at hunter check stops is appreciated.
2012-13 Hunting Regulations Summary now available online
July 16, 2012 - Get ready for hunting season by reviewing this year's summary, especially the 'Important Changes' section on page 2. The print version will be available in Environment Yukon offices by late July.
Permit Hunt Draw Results
June 19, 2012 - June 19, 2012 - The permit hunt lottery is complete. Draw results are now available for caribou, deer, elk, goat, moose and sheep hunting permits.
Bear Sightings Map
May 23, 2012 - Confirmed bear sightings near residential areas in and around Whitehorse are being posted on a new Bear Sightings Map. The aim is to alert residents to nearby bears and to promote the importance of keeping residential yards free of bear attractants.
Operation Spring Clean
May 14, 2012 – Conservation Officers and Bylaw Officers are on the lookout May 14 - 21 for improperly secured wastes in vehicles. The goal of ‘Operation Spring Clean’ is to protect Yukon’s environment and enhance public safety. Make sure debris can’t fall off your vehicle while you’re on the road.
2012 State of the Environment Interim Report
May 9, 2012 – Environment Yukon has published the 2012 State of the Environment Interim Report which highlights the best available information on the status of climate change, air, water, land and fish and wildlife in Yukon.
A new plan for wolf conservation and management
May 10, 2012 - The Yukon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan 2012 is part of the Yukon government’s ongoing commitment to promote the sustainable use of wildlife resources. The plan is intended to guide wolf conservation and management throughout Yukon, ensuring that the roles of wolves and their prey species are respected. (YG News Release)
Government now issuing Flood Risk Reports weekly
April 18, 2012 - Environment Yukon and Emergency Measures Organization continually assess potential flood risk across Yukon. A weekly flood risk report is now issued and is available online. Please note the risk level can change quickly pending weather conditions.
Jan. 23, 2012 - Amended hunting rules under the Wildlife Regulations will better protect Dall sheep in the Kusawa area and several woodland caribou herds. These changes reflect not only the views of the public, hunters and Renewable Resources Councils but also the best available scientific and local knowledge.
Contact Fish and Wildlife, Fisheries
Government of Yukon
Box 2703 (V-5A)