ENVIRONMENT YUKON






Elk/agriculture conflict hunt 2017–18


The Department of Environment began the hunt in 2015-16 as a management tool to address human-wildlife conflict between farmers and elk in the Takhini Valley.


This hunting opportunity may be offered to hunters who were unsuccessful in the draw for an elk Permit Hunt Authorization (PHA) in the last two years.

Eligibility

If you applied for an elk PHA, you are automatically considered for the list of candidates for the conflict hunt if you:


The list of eligible hunters is randomized so every hunter has an equal chance of being drawn. The department will contact the first 100 hunters on the randomized list to confirm their interest in participating in the hunt. Hunters will be contacted through the email connected to their eLicence profile.


The Yukon government also works with the Champagne and Aishihik First Nation, Kwanlin Dün First Nation, Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation, and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council to identify hunters to take part in the conflict hunt.

How does the hunt work?

As hunt opportunities arise, Conservation Officers will contact confirmed hunters from the list.


Hunters will need to:

If the hunter is unavailable or unable to meet the time and permit requirements, Conservation Officers will contact the next hunter on the list.
A Conservation Officer will issue the hunter a Wildlife Act permit detailing the conditions that apply to the conflict hunt, including the time, location and sex of animal.


If you get a permit, you will not be eligible to take part in the elk-agriculture conflict hunt next year.


When is the hunt?


Due to the nature of elk-agriculture conflicts, opportunities will be identified as they arise and may be on short notice at any time of the year.


Aversive conditioning of wildlife works best with larger groups of animals, so a minimum number of elk must be present for more than 24 hours before the hunt may occur (e.g., five bulls or 10 cows/calves, or a mixed group of 10). Conservation Officers will address concerns related to fewer elk or individual animals on a case-by-case basis.


Where can the hunt take place?


The elk-agriculture conflict hunt can occur in:


Agricultural properties that have been notified of potential elk conflict and damages may not be eligible.


Grazing lands or properties with non-cultivated grass are not eligible.
There must be a reasonable expectation that the elk-agriculture conflict hunt will influence elk behaviour and the animals will begin to avoid the area in order for a hunt to take place.


Obtaining permission from residents


You must obtain permission from occupants of residences within one kilometre of any location where you will hunt. You must get this permission even if the residence will be empty at the time of the hunt. Farmers can provide information about residences and assist with written permissions in advance. An approved template is available.


How do I initiate the elk-agriculture conflict hunt on my farm?


Contact a Conservation Officer at 1-800-661-0525 with details including elk locations, potential hazards, and other relevant information.


The Conservation Officers Services Branch, the Fish and Wildlife Branch, and the Agriculture Branch will coordinate and conduct an on-site investigation of the complaint to determine eligibility for a conflict hunt. All three branches will work together to write a damage summary.


You can assist the hunter by providing information about elk locations, residents’ permissions, potential safety hazards, elk behaviour generally, and any information to assist with the identification of key elk for harvest.


Hunters are required to hunt in a safe manner and make every effort to minimize property damage or injuries to elk that are not being harvested.


Will the elk-agriculture conflict hunt affect my permit hunt application next year?


The elk-agriculture conflict hunt is separate from the elk PHA process. Getting a Wildlife Act permit for a conflict hunt does not affect PHA weighting or eligibility in any way.


Assessment and review


The Government of Yukon will track harvest numbers and locations to evaluate the effectiveness of the elk-agriculture conflict hunt on an ongoing basis. The success of this approach will be determined through ongoing collaboration between all Yukon government branches involved, as well as feedback from hunters, input from First Nations, Renewable Resources Councils, the Yukon Fish and Game Association, the agriculture industry and individual farmers.


The Elk-Agriculture Working Group identified in the Management Plan for Elk in Yukon(2016, page 18) will participate in this evaluation, providing advice and recommendations on the effectiveness of the elk-agriculture conflict hunt to the Department of Environment.

 

Contact Conservation Officer Services

Phone (Whitehorse): 867-667-8005
Toll-free (in Yukon, NWT, Nunavut):
1-800-661-0408 ext. 8005
T.I.P.P. Line: 1-800-661-0525

Fax: 867-393-6206

Email: coservices@gov.yk.ca
Address: Box 2703 (V-18) Whitehorse, Yukon Canada Y1A 2C6

District Conservation Officers

 

Whitehorse 667-8005
Dawson 993-5492
Watson Lake 536-3210
Haines Junction 634-2247
Mayo 996-2202
Carmacks 863-2411
Old Crow 966-3040
Ross River 969-2202
Faro 994-2862
Teslin 390-2685