News Archive


August 14, 2018 Have your say on what you want Yukon’s parks and campground to be for future generations. Take our short online survey before September 10, 2018. Your answers will help us write a first draft of a Yukon Parks Strategy.


Kusawa campground: partial closure

August 13, 2018 UPDATE: Loops 2 & 3 are now open. August 9, 2018: Due to heavy rain fall, Loops 2 & 3 at Kusawa campground are closed until further notice. Check out nearby Pine Lake, Aishihik or Dezadeash campground instead or visit our Find a campground or recreation site webpage.


2018–19 permit hunt will go ahead, despite errors found in redraw

July 24, 2018 Given that the hunting season starts on August 1, and hunters need time to plan and prepare, a further redraw will not take place. Learn more.


Talking Yukon Parks

July 18, 2018 Government of Yukon is developing a strategy to set long-term direction for Yukon’s system of territorial parks. We have been engaging through our Talking Yukon Parks campaign. Now, we have a few questions to ask Yukon residents and all users of Yukon territorial parks. If you are interested in Yukon parks please take the online survey before September 10, 2018. Your answers will help us write a first draft of a Yukon Parks Strategy.


2018-19 Yukon Hunting Regulations Summary now available online

June 12, 2018 Read the latest Yukon Hunting Regulations Summary booklet online. Printed copies will be available in July. Important changes for the 2018-19 hunting season include no extended season permit hunt for moose this year in Game Management Zone 7. For more on regulation changes and to download the PDF, visit our hunting regulations page.


Permit hunt lottery closes tomorrow

June 7, 2018 Attention hunters: June 8 is the last day to apply for your Permit Hunt Authorization. See the permit hunt lottery page for details.


Salmon fishing restricted in the Haines/Skagway area

May 10, 2018 Attention Yukon anglers holding an Alaska sport fishing licence: there are new fishing restrictions for king salmon in northern Lynn Canal. See the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website for details.


Ch'ihilii Chik Habitat Protection Area

May 9, 2018 —The Ch’ihilii Chìk Habitat Protection Area Working Group has been working to complete a recommended Management Plan for the area. A draft management plan is now available on EngageYukon.ca for review and comments from the general public. This engagement is the final opportunity for the public to provide their feedback on the draft management plan. For more information about Habitat Protection Areas or the Ch’ihilii Chik planning process, visit our fish and wildlife planning page.

Permit hunt lottery now open

May 7, 2018 You can apply for the Permit Hunt Authorization lottery starting today, either online or at any Department of Environment office. Deadline for applications is June 8. Find out more.


Special guide licence lottery results

May 4, 2018 The results of the 2018-19 special guide licence lottery are now available.


Deadline for special guide licence lottery applications extended

April 20, 2018 Attention hunters: due to unforeseen technical difficulties with the system, we have extended the deadline for special guide licence applications until midnight on April 23. Apply now.


Talking Yukon parks

April 16, 2018 Yukon campers have a lot to look forward to this year. The Government of Yukon is improving opportunities for camping and acting on your feedback about unoccupied sites. Get more details on the 24 hour limit on unoccupied campsites here. We are also asking for your thoughts on a long-term parks strategy - for more information visit Talking Yukon Parks on EngageYukon.ca. Checkout yukonparks.ca to 'find your un' this camping season.


Special guide licences

April 3, 2018 You can apply for the special guide licence lottery starting today, either online or at any Department of Environment office. Deadline for applications is April 20, at the close of office hours.


Changes to hunting licences and seal fees
March 29, 2018 As of April 1, 2018:

If you had a 2017-18 resident Yukon hunting licence, you can renew your licence for 2018-19 online through Environment eServices. Non-resident hunters can also apply for a Yukon hunting licence online. New resident hunters still have to apply for a Yukon hunting licence in-person.

Seal fees for moose and caribou are $10.

2018-19 Yukon Fishing Regulations Summary now available online

February 28, 2018 The latest edition of the Yukon Fishing Regulations Summary is now available on our website. Important changes to the regulations come into effect April 1, 2018, so have a look while planning your next fishing trip. Get more details and download a copy from our fishing regulations page. Printed copies of the booklet will be available next month from Department of Environment offices and anywhere fishing licences are sold.


Southern Lakes Caribou Recovery – slow down and watch for caribou on the highway

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.



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