Wildlife activity and encounters at airports can divert flights, damage aircraft and endanger passengers and crews. Common animals observed near Yukon airports include, foxes, bears, coyotes, lynx, porcupines and wolves.
Transport Canada requires that airports have wildlife management plans. Yukon airports must follow Transport Canada wildlife management standards and practices.
Report wildlife activity at Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport (YXY)
Report wildlife activity at other Yukon airports
- Contact the TIPP line, toll free 1-800-661-0525; or
- contact your local Department of Environment office.
How Yukon airports control wildlife
Airport staff manage attractants, such as berry bushes, at Yukon airports to prevent human-wildlife conflicts. They also maintain fencing following Transport Canada standards.
Staff work to remove wildlife through live-trapping and scare tactics like air horns, bear bangers and bear screamers. On rare occasions, an animal might have to be dispatched. This is only done as a last resort when there is an immediate threat to safety.