We recognize the need to address human-wildlife conflicts in a comprehensive and collaborative manner. We work with governments, co-managers, citizens and communities, compiling and sharing information to influence behavior change. One of our key objectives is to reduce the number of instances where animals are relocated or eradicated due to negative encounters with people. We believe that, together, we can create a safe, healthy environment for people and wildlife in the Yukon.

Strategic Plan


WildWise Yukon is a non-government, non-profit society, operating in the Yukon Territory since 2012. We hold an AGM each year and maintain good standing with Yukon Government’s Corporate Affairs, typically operating as a Category B Society.

2020 AGM packageConstitution and Bylaws


The WildWise Board is a working board. Members commit 50-100 hours of volunteer service each year, which allow the society to accomplish a great deal. Board members come to the society with an array of interests and are asked to join one or more subcommittees. Please contact us if you are interested in joining this dynamic team. We are keen to hear how you can help us achieve our goals.

  • President: Lindsay Caskenette
  • VP: Scott Gilbert
  • Secretary Treasurer: Emilie Dory
  • Directors: Élise Brown-Dussault, Pam Brown, Babette Mueller, Jaspher Javison
  • Executive Director: Heather Ashthorn
  • Graphic Design: Tanya Handley

Madison Hurst

We are pleased to welcome Madison Hurst as our seasonal Outreach Coordinator!
Madison will be offering bear aware talks and bear spray demonstrations throughout the summer. He will be frequenting visitor info centres, campgrounds and trailheads, markets summer camps and other events. He will also be assisting with our electric fence program and helping keep rural landfill and transfer stations electrified to prevent conflict with wildlife. Please check our events page frequently to find out where he will be, or send him a message at wildwisemadison@gmail.com to book an event.

Tanya Handley

Tanya got an excellent early introduction to bears when she moved to the Yukon in 1992 when she worked as a “hiker” in a set of grizzly bear safety videos. Purportedly, she has been charged by bears on film more than anyone else. She has been working with Wildwise to help communicate with people how they can reduce risks to wildlife and themselves since 2012. Tanya is the brains behind all of WildWise’s images and designs. Find her business here: https://www.bearbait.ca/