See Yukon trapping rules and regulations

The latest Yukon Trapping Regulations Summary booklet is your guide to Yukon’s Trapping Regulations.

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.

New trap use requirements coming in 2020

Yukon trappers will be required to only use certified restraining traps for beaver and wolf starting October 1, 2020. See the Trapping Regulations Summary for more information.

Wanted: Wolverine skulls

We invite you to submit your wolverine skulls to your nearest 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 no longer accept whole carcass submissions.

You will receive $50 for each wolverine skull to recognize your contribution to this research.

You must include the following 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 1-800-661-0408, ext. 5766.

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 in the 2019-2020 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 1-800-661-0408, ext. 5464.

Contact: 

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