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 in the Government of Yukon's forms library 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 trapping season dates for wolverine coming in 2019

We learned that some wolverines trapped later in the season were nursing kits.

A proposal to change the end date for the trapping season for wolverine from March 10 to February 28 was submitted to the Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board. This change was broadly supported.

The new trapping season date is expected to come into effect for the 2019-2020 trapping season.

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 and lynx carcasses

Wolverine

You are invited to submit your frozen, skinned wolverine carcasses to your nearest Department of Environment office. We are using these carcasses as part of an ongoing study on Yukon's wolverine population. You will receive $50 for each complete wolverine carcass (including the skull) to recognize your contribution to this research.

You must include the following information with the carcass:

  • 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

We are asking trappers in Watson Lake, Mayo, Faro, the Kluane Lake area and Whitehorse to submit a limited number of lynx carcasses in the 2017-18 trapping season. This is part of a study on the population and movement of lynx.

If you aren't contacted requesting lynx carcasses, please do not submit any. 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.