News Archive

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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