ENVIRONMENT YUKON






Elk/agriculture conflict hunt


The elk/agriculture conflict hunt is a management tool used to address human-wildlife conflict between farmers and elk in the Takhini Valley. It began in 2015-16.

Eligibility

If you applied for an elk PHA in 2018-2019, you are automatically considered for the list of potential candidates for the conflict hunt if you:

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

How does the hunt work?

To participate hunters need to:

Up to 10 hunters at a time are given a two-week permit to hunt elk in a specific area. The hunting effort is an intensive, aversive technique aimed at conditioning the herd to stay away from specific areas. The most effective approach is to hunt larger groups of animals. A minimum number of elk must be present for more than 24 hours before the hunt can occur (e.g. groups of 5 elk that may include female elk or young bulls (5-point or less).

In addition, hunters may be contacted by a Conservation Officers to address concerns related to fewer elk or individual animals on a case-by-case basis.


When is the hunt?


The first two-week period for the first 10 hunters to hunt within the identified zone will begin August 1, 2018. Other opportunities may be identified as they arise and may be on short notice at any time of the year.


Where can the hunt take place?


The elk/agriculture conflict hunt in 2018-19 will occur in a defined zone within the Takhini Valley. The boundary of this zone captures the area of ongoing conflicts in relation to agriculture properties. Ongoing focused hunts may still occur on properties at the request of the landowners. Permissions to hunt must be obtained from occupants of residences within 1km of the hunt location, in accordance with the Wildlife Act.


Rules of the hunt


Hunters must adhere to the following rules for this conflict hunt:

Obtaining permission from residents


You must obtain permission from occupants of residences within one (1) 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