Matt Popovich

Call for participation in Grizzly Bear Conservation & Management Plan

To all interested organizations & associations,

The Department of Environment and the Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board want to hear from you through a public survey to help develop the Yukon Grizzly Bear Conservation and Management Plan. We want to know what experiences, beliefs, knowledge, and opinions Yukoners have about grizzly bear conservation and management.

The public survey will complement information already gained from in-depth workshops and discussions with First Nation governments, the Inuvialuit, mandated boards and councils, and interest groups. We want to include as much available local, traditional and scientific information as possible to develop the plan.

Any Yukoner with an interest in grizzly bear conservation and management is encouraged to fill out the survey. The survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete and will close on May 26, 2017. You can find the public survey at the following direct link: The survey can also be accessed through and

Thank you for your commitment to the conservation and management of grizzly bears in Yukon.




Tom Jung, Environment Yukon, and Frank Thomas, Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board

Co-Chairs, Grizzly Bear Conservation and Management Plan Working Group


Graham Van Tighem, Executive Director

Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board

(867) 667-5835

2017 AGM

Are you interested in becoming a board member or in finding out what we're up to this year? Come and join us for our AGM.

Date: June 1st

Time: 7:30-9pm

Location: Whitehorse Public Library. 

Cougar Talk

Cougar Talk

An evening with Aliah Adams Knopff, MSc, Ecology

Senior Wildlife Biologist, Talus Environmental Consulting

Sunday, March 5, 2017 7:30pm, Beringia Centre, Whitehorse        

Monday, March 6, 2017    7:00pm, Yukon College, Haines Junction


Cougars are now in closer, more constant contact with people than ever before, largely due to their ability to adapt to human-dominated landscapes. How can cougars and humans live side by side, and what management actions will best help us co-exist? 

Join Aliah Adams Knopff as she discusses the results of cougar research conducted in west-central Alberta and the implications of these results for managing cougar-human interactions. Topics will include cougar habitat selection and response to human-caused landscape change, human perceptions of cougars, predation patterns and risk to people and pets - important topics for Yukoners as cougars spread north.


This lecture presented in partnership with Yukon Science Institute.

View the poster here

Bear spray for sale!

Bear spray for sale!

We just caught wind of an excellent bear spray sale! Go to the new sports equipment store, located where Cliffside used to be on the Alaska Highway, just north of 2 Mile Hill. Word on the street is that they are selling unexpired bear spray for $5 a piece. That's a smokin' deal!

Supporting Southern Lakes Communities

Supporting Southern Lakes Communities

Do you live at Marsh Lake or in Mt. Lorne? Heads up! You may find us on your doorstep in the coming weeks. In 2014 WildWise partnered with Conservation Officers to survey available wildlife attractants in rural subdivisions and help residents in these areas make their properties safer for humans and wildlife. This summer we are coming around again to see if our door to door outreach had a positive impact and gather ideas for further outreach initiatives.

Aaron Roberge will be going door to door on evenings and weekends and will be joined by a CO on most visits. He has a property checklist and other resources with him and is hoping to be of some help to you as we head into peak bear encounter season. 

We welcome your feedback and ideas at any time here at WildWise. Please contact us any time.


WildWise in the schools

WildWise in the schools

In June, WildWise Yukon joined Christ the King Elementary School at the research forest for some fun learning about bear safety and attractant management. Thanks to all of you grade 2s and 3s for being such keeners! It's amazing how fast a group of hungry, curious little bears can get into our garbage bins and amazing how fast you learn.

If you would like us to visit your classroom or school, please give us a call. We are working on a fun and engaging curriculum for kids ages 4-12. Spring is a great time to talk with kids about bears. They will leave feeling prepared to tell their parents all about encounters with bears.




Please join us to hear about and discuss current initiatives to reduce human-bear conflict in and around Whitehorse.

April 20th, 5-8pm, Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre, Artist's Studio.

Lori Homstol conducted a study of risks to human and bears in and around Whitehorse and will be on site to answer questions and discuss her recommendations for our community. This open house follows a full day workshop and discussion about the recommendations involving over 30 stakeholders. Come and see what we accomplished and contribute your ideas.

We look forward to seeing you there! 



The bears are starting to wake up in southern Yukon. Yukon carnivore biologist Ramona Maraj says there’s been some bear sightings as the early spring is causing the males to come out of hibernation two weeks earlier than normal. “They tend to come out because their dens flood and so you look around and you see the show’s been melting pretty much everywhere and the males are the bears with dens at the lower elevations. Their dens tend to flood a little bit earlier. They’re not interested in necessarily sitting around in a big pool of water.” Maraj reports the first sightings happened in early March. She suggests to always be bear aware and make sure your garbage is bear proof.

Whitehorse Bear Hazard Assessment Complete

Whitehorse Bear Hazard Assessment Complete

The Whitehorse Bear Working Group has undertaken a study of bear hazards and risks for the Whitehorse area. We are pleased to announce that the study has been completed and the Whitehorse Bear Hazard Assessment will be available for public review this spring (2016). The project was a collaborative effort with support from all local governments, Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) and Margo Supplies. With financial assistance from the Community Development Fund, the WBWG will be hosting a series of presentations and workshops for key stakeholders and the public in April 2016. Please check back here in the coming weeks for dates, times and venues. We look forward to sharing the study results and hearing from you about how we may move forward with making Whitehorse a safer place for both humans and bears.