See Yukon trapping rules and regulations

The latest Yukon trapping regulations summary booklet is your guide to the Yukon’s Trapping Regulations.

Download the Yukon trapping regulations summary

Important changes for the 2021-2022 trapping season

There are no regulation changes for the 2021-2022 trapping season.

Find trapping-related forms

Trapping-related forms are available online or at a Department of Environment office.

You can complete these forms at your convenience, but many of them should only be signed just prior to submitting them at a Department of Environment office.

Humane trapping standards and certified traps

The Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards (AIHTS) sets minimum standards for the humane trapping of 19 species of furbearing animals. This includes 9 Yukon species:

  • Beaver
  • Coyote
  • Ermine/weasel
  • Fisher
  • Lynx
  • Marten
  • Muskrat
  • Otter
  • Wolf

Certified traps

In Canada, the trap testing program is administered by the Fur Institute of Canada. It is the trap manufacturer’s responsibility to have their traps certified. When a trap model is certified, the manufacturer will stamp the certification number on all new traps of that make and model.

You can legally use identical traps (same make and model) manufactured before certification as long as you haven’t modified the traps.

When buying new traps, consult the Fur Institute of Canada’s complete list of certified traps. It names traps that have already been certified for species that will be regulated in the future.

Studies

Wolf study

The Government of Yukon has collared 11 wolves in the Southern Lakes region with help from local trappers.

As part of this research project, we will ask trappers in Game Management Zone 7 to provide a 2 cm x 2 cm sample of hide. Give this sample when you submit wolf pelts for sealing to the Department of Environment office in Whitehorse.

For more information about the wolf study, phone: 867-667-5469 or toll free in the Yukon: 1-800-661-0408, ext. 5469.

Lynx study

We will ask individual trappers in Watson Lake, Mayo, Faro, the Kluane Lake area and Whitehorse to submit a limited number of lynx carcasses this trapping season. 

If we don’t contact you, don't submit any lynx carcasses. Our offices won’t accept them.

For more information about the lynx study, phone: 867-456-6716 or toll free in the Yukon: 1-800-661-0408, ext. 6716.

Wanted: Wolverine skulls

We invite you to submit your wolverine skulls to your nearest Department of Environment office. We would also like frozen muscle tissue (about a 2 to 4 inch sample from the hind leg) from the same animal. We don't accept whole carcass submissions.

You will get $50 for each wolverine skull.

Include this information with the skull:

  • trapper name;
  • trapping licence number;
  • trapping concession area number;
  • harvest date; and
  • sex of animal.

For more information about the wolverine study, phone: 867-667-5766 or toll free in the Yukon: 1-800-661-0408, ext. 5766.

 

Contact: 

For questions about trapping rules and regulations, email coservices@yukon.ca or phone: 867-667-8403 or toll free in the Yukon: 1-800-661-0408, ext. 8403.