Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board
2019-2020 changes to Yukon’s Wildlife Act regulations
YFWMB recently completed a public review of 14 substantive Wildlife Act regulation changes proposed in 2019. Some of the regulatory changes put forward in this suite of proposals were quite substantial and deviated far from the management regimes that have been in place to date.
After facilitating multiple public meetings, and hosting an online survey to gather your feedback, the Board received overwhelming evidence indicating that the first three proposals, regarding moose management, were too immense to understand and comment on meaningfully within the 90-day timeframe typically provided by the process.
As a response, the Board has passed a motion extending the public comment period for these three proposals only.
The Board’s recommendations on the remaining 11 proposals were submitted in January 2020.
During the 90-day extension for proposals 1-3, the Board held several meetings with Associations, Councils, and First Nations. The Board also created a new online survey to gauge public support for the adaptive moose proposals.
The Board submitted its final recommendations on proposals 1-3 (regarding Adaptive Moose Management) to the Minister of Environment in June 2020.
The Board is now awaiting the Minister’s final response letter on this matter.
About the Board
The Umbrella Final Agreement (UFA) changed the social and political structure of Yukon by making provisions for First Nation land ownership and self-determination, and by creating an environment and infrastructure for community-based resource management.
Chapter 16 of the UFA and Yukon Final Agreements establishes the Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board (YFWMB) as “the primary instrument for Fish and Wildlife Management in the Yukon”.
The YFWMB is an advisory body comprised of 12 members appointed by the Minister of Environment from six nominations by the Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN) and six nominations by the Government of Yukon (YG).
With a mandate to address issues that affect all of Yukon, the YFWMB focuses on policies and legislation for sustainable fish, wildlife, and habitat management. The board consolidates the best available technical, traditional, and local knowledge through public participation, to make recommendations on management decisions to First Nations, territorial, and federal governments.