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.
The draft plan is subject to review—the draft is being released today to allow you time to review and discuss the plan in your communities. A formal public engagement period with opportunities for comment and discussion will occur in fall 2018, led by the Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board. An announcement will be made in advance with details regarding public meetings and online and write in comment opportunities. In addition to the public engagement, the Yukon government will be 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.