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.

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.

Snowmobile use along the Dempster Highway

Effective November 7, 2018, snowmobiles may be operated along the Dempster Highway corridor from km 68 to the Yukon-NWT border until April 30, 2019 unless otherwise directed. If weather conditions change, snowmobile closures may still come into effect. 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 are reminded not to harass or chase any animals while on their snowmobile.

We ask all snowmobilers to operate your machine 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.

Hart River caribou herd

Caribou south of km 140 near Windy Pass on the Dempster Highway are from the Hart River caribou herd and are not Porcupine caribou. Hart River caribou are a much smaller herd and could easily be overharvested. Find out more about hunting Hart River caribou.

Additonal resources

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

             Indigenous 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