Draft Conservation Plan for Grizzly Bears in Yukon
The Government of Yukon and the Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board are pleased to announce the release of the Draft version of “A Conservation Plan for Grizzly Bears (Ursus arctos) in Yukon”. This is the first territory-wide comprehensive conservation plan for grizzly bears in Yukon.
The Plan Process
The Plan is the fruit of a 2.5-year endeavour by the Yukon Grizzly Bear Conservation and Management Plan Working Group, comprised of 3 members from Yukon government and 3 members from the Board. The working group undertook a process of facilitating information gathering and reflection about grizzly bears with First Nations and Inuvialuit in Yukon and in transboundary regions, Renewable Resources Councils, various organizations and wildlife management boards & councils, and the public across the territory. This plan is a testament to the high regard that Yukoners and transboundary community members hold for grizzly bears and the value that they place on sharing a landscape with them, and the Working Group would like to thank everyone who made their voices heard throughout this planning process.
About the Plan
The Plan presents a 25-year vision for grizzly bears in Yukon, where healthy and viable grizzly bear populations remain throughout their natural range in Yukon, for future generations of people and bears. Seven goals have been identified in order to achieve this vision:
- Foster a cultural connection to and increased respect for grizzly bears
- Take care of the land that grizzly bears require
- Minimize human-grizzly bear conflicts
- Ensure grizzly bear harvest is sustainable and respectful
- Foster respectful grizzly bear viewing
- Improve decision-making by acquiring better knowledge about grizzly bears
- Better understand human dimensions of grizzly bears conservation
To achieve these seven goals, there are 33 actions that have been identified within the Plan. The implementation of these actions will be adaptive and unique to the values, needs, and resources of each community in Yukon, and further discussion regarding these actions will occur at the community level.
The Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board and the Yukon government are also releasing the results of the 2017 public survey on grizzly bear conservation in Yukon as a technical report, “Results of a public survey about grizzly bears (Ursus arctos) and their management in Yukon, Canada” (Report MR-18-01). The survey was one source of valuable information and perspective from Yukoners that the Working Group considered when putting together the draft Plan.
As per article 16.7.6 in the Umbrella Final Agreement, the Board is required to “make provisions for public involvement in the development of its decisions and its recommendations”. The Board undertook a public engagement period to hear from Yukoners about the draft plan, from October 3 to December 3, 2018 (60 days). The public engagement period is now closed.
We thank everyone who participated and made their voices heard in the many community meetings, the online survey, and through submissions by community organizations.
The Board will provide a public update on the process in January 2019.
Community Meeting Dates:
- Mayo – October 20, 2018 – RRC Days, hosted by Mayo Renewable Resources Council
- Burwash Landing – November 5, 2018 – 6:00pm, Jacquot Hall – Hosted by Kluane First Nation & Dän Keyi Renewable Resources Council (see poster for more info)
- Tagish – November 8, 2018 – 6:00pm, Tagish Community Hall – Hosted by Carcross-Tagish Renewable Resources Council (see poster for more info)
- Teslin – November 14, 2018 – 6:00pm, TTC Main Admin Building – hosted by Teslin RRC (see poster for more info)
- Dawson City – November 21, 2018 – hosted by North Yukon RRC
- Whitehorse – November 22, 2018 – 7:00pm, Yukon Inn – hosted by YFWMB (see poster for more info)
- Haines Junction – November 26, 2018 – hosted by Alsek RRC and Champagne & Aishihik First Nation
Responses received in this public engagement will be kept individual and confidential. This form is not being distributed as a random sample survey, and as such results are not meant to be representative of Yukoners generally.
Feedback received during the public engagement period will be reviewed by the Yukon Fish and WIldlife Management Board and will contribute to the recommendation on the Plan provided to the Yukon’s Minister of Environment.
In addition to the public engagement, the Yukon government is undertaking formal government-to-government consultation with First Nation and Inuvialuit governments.
The Draft Plan and Other Documents
(All links open to PDF documents)
NOTE: All of these materials are also available on the Engage Yukon website.