See Yukon trapping rules and regulations

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

Download the Yukon trapping regulations summary

Important changes for the 2020-2021 trapping season

As of July 1, 2020:

  • ​The trapping season date for wolverine is now November 1 to February 28.

New trap use requirements 

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

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 eight wolves in the Southern Lakes region with help from local trappers. We plan to collar eight more wolves this winter.
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 1-800-661-0408, ext. 5469.

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 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 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 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.