Porcupine caribou herd

porcupine caribou herd

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This magnificent population of migratory caribou ranges across northern Alaska, Yukon and NWT. The Government of Yukon is one of the eight parties responsible for managing hunters and caribou within the Canadian range of the Porcupine caribou herd.

Hart River closure 2016-17

Licensed caribou hunting is closed in five game management subzones: 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 kilometre 195 (Ogilvie River Bridge).

Currently, the Porcupine caribou herd is north of the Ogilvie River Bridge. Caribou seen along the south end of the Dempster Highway are Hart River caribou. The risk of overhunting the Hart River caribou in this area is very high. This emergency closure applies to Yukon resident and non-resident hunters.

For subsistence harvesters: caribou south of km 140 (Windy Pass) are not Porcupine caribou. Harvesting rights established under the Porcupine Caribou Management Agreement do not apply to the Hart River caribou, so subsistence harvesting of caribou can only occur south of km 140 (Windy Pass) at this time by beneficiaries of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in or Na-cho Nyäk Dun Final Agreements.

For more information about caribou harvest management, visit the Porcupine Management Board (PCMB) website.

Snowmobile use along the Dempster Highway

Effective Oct. 31, 2016, snowmobiles may be operated along the Dempster Highway corridor from the Ogilvie River Bridge to the Yukon-NWT border, unless otherwise directed, e.g., weather conditions change. Closures are intended to protect the fragile tundra from damage.

No one can operate any other type of off-road vehicle within the Dempster Highway corridor, e.g., ATVs. Hunters cannot harass or chase any animals while on their snowmobile.

We ask all snowmobilers to operate your snowmobile responsibly. Use common sense and don’t travel across a landscape that might not be properly protected by snowcover. We all have a part in protecting our unique and valuable environment.

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Harvest management

The Yukon government is now in the process carrying out its obligations as set out in the Harvest Management Plan for the Porcupine Caribou Herd in Canada, from the Implementation Plan.

The Gwich'in Tribal Council, Inuvialuit Game Council, Vuntut Gwitchin government, Tr'ondëk Hwëchin government, First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun, Government of the Northwest Territories, Government of Yukon and Government of Canada are putting in place the necessary measures to ensure implementation of the Harvest Management Plan.

For additional information please visit the Porcupine Caribou Management Board website.

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Additonal resources

             A summary in table format of what is expected of licenced and

             aboriginal hunters at different herd sizes.


Contact Client Services

Phone: 867-667-5652
Toll-free (in Yukon, NWT & Nunavut):
1-800-661-0408 ext. 5652
Fax: 867-393-7197

Email: environmentyukon@gov.yk.ca
Address: Box 2703 (V-3A) Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada Y1A 2C6