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 Driving the Firebelt
Forest fires play a critical role
in balancing the boreal forest ecosystem by cleaning up debris, creating habitat, and returning nutrients to the soil. While travelling this 500-km stretch of highway you can view forests in various stages of recovery after a fire.
This brochure provides insight into how fires are part of the natural forest cycle and what wildlife you should look for in each of the old burns. Fireweed, the first plant
to regrow after a fire, covers the
hills turning them a brilliant pink. Woodpeckers and owls hollow out dead trees that are left standing. Small rodents feast on the fresh growth, attracting larger predators such as Canada Lynx.
Pick up a copy of this brochure to follow along with your drive up the highway and learn about each of the fire zones you’ll pass through.
Welcome to Bear Country
Wildlife–Where & How to Look...
When we say “Yukon wildlife”, many people Tips:
       envision vast herds of caribou, a majestic Moose, or a Grizzly Bear fishing in a pristine mountain stream. However, there is far more to wildlife than large, showy mammals. Most people enjoy wildlife viewing during summer, yet wildlife abounds year-round. The key to successful wildlife viewing is to know where and how to look.
The Yukon Wildlife Viewing Guide is organized to help you find the plant or animals you are looking for and to highlight key areas for wildlife viewing. You increase your chances of success when you know in which habitat your plant or animal lives, and where you can find that in Yukon.
The guide is organized by highway and by numbered viewing sites along each highway with the kilometer posting for each site. Icons tell you what services are available at that
site including outhouses, picnic benches, playgrounds, hiking trails, and camping.
• Take your time and be quiet. Plan on making many stops when you are travelling. Scan the landscape for movement. Animals that went into hiding may come out again when all is quiet.
• Animals tend to be
more active in early
morning and evening. Take a short walk before breakfast or after dinner. You may
be pleasantly surprised at what you find. Remember, in summer, the arctic evening lasts all night.
• Usebinoculars,spottingscopes,andtelephoto lenses to zoom in on the animals without scaring them away or endangering yourself.
              Bears are magnificent, fascinating animals. Although people and bears have been interacting for thousands of years, the relationship has often been based more on
fear than understanding. Studying how bears interact can teach us a lot about how they avoid or resolve conflicts—lessons relevant to how we should respond to bears during encounters.
If you understand and apply the safety principles described in How you can stay safe in bear country, you can make your trip in bear country safer for both you and the bears.
Safety when roadside bear viewing
The bears you see along roadways are usually digging up roots or eating grasses and other plants. This makes up to 90 per cent of a Yukon bear’s diet.
Fishing in Yukon
If you plan to do any kind of fishing, even for the odd grayling by the roadside, you need the appropriate licence. Angling licences can be purchased at most sporting goods stores, convenience stores, highway lodges and at the Department of Environment office at 10 Burns Road in Whitehorse. Visitor Information Centres do not sell fishing licences.
Each year, a new version of the
Yukon Fishing Regulations Summary
is published featuring catch and possession limits, lakes and rivers with special rules, and general fishing regulations including any changes for the year.
The Yukon Fishing Regulations Summary is also available in French and German.
Traffic safety comes first. If there is traffic behind you, keep your eyes on the road and don’t stop. Recognize that your passengers will get a quick look at the bear but you may not. If there is no other traffic nearby, slow down and pull over briefly if it is safe to do so.
Don’t stop in the middle of the road, or close to a hill or curve. Other drivers may not see you in time to avoid a collision. Always keep your doors closed and stay in your vehicle.
Get These & Other Guides
All the guides you see here and more are available by:
• dropping by a Visitor Information Centre
or the Department of Environment office at 10 Burns Road in Whitehorse, across from the airport;
• going to the website address referenced next to each guide; or
• scanning the appropriate QR code.
Yukon/Alaska* Resident: • $15.64 (season)
Canadian Resident: • $26.06 (season) • $15.64 (6 day)
• $10.52 (1 day)
• $36.49 (season) • $20.85 (6 day) • $10.42 (1 day)
GST is added to all fees.
* Alaska residents must produce a current Alaska Resident Sport Fishing Licence and government-issued photo identification to qualify for this rate.
Can I Hunt?
Non-resident travellers should be aware that while they can hunt small game with a licence, they are restricted from hunting big game unless guided by a registered big game outfitter. Also, take note that it is illegal to have a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle. For a complete review of
Yukon hunting regulations, pick up a copy of the Yukon Hunting Regulations Summary.
      Good Fishing – Easy Access
Yukon residents and visitors have been enjoying the benefits of stocked fish since the Alaska Highway was opened to public travel in the late 1940s. Today, the Government
of Yukon’s Fisheries Unit works closely with the Yukon Fish and Game Association to provide good fishing opportunities near most communities.
Nineteen lakes are stocked with rainbow trout, Arctic char, kokanee salmon or bull trout. Stocked lakes not only provide good fishing,
they also take angling pressure off slow-growing wild fish species such as lake trout.
You can easily reach most of the lakes listed in the Angler’s Guide to Yukon Stocked Lakes by vehicle. A few require a short walk on trails no longer than 1 km.
Wherever you fish, we ask you to:
Photo © YG
    • treat the fish gently and with respect;
• learn the proper handling techniques; and
• practice live release in moderation.
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         2 Visit the Government of Yukon web site:
of waters with special rules page 3
Yukon 2020–2021 HUNTING
Map shows Game Management Subzones and special area restrictions. The Department of Environment sells detailed administrative boundary maps at 10 Burns Road, Whitehorse.

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