Energy, Mines and Resources


Mike and Sylvia Blumenschein are Yukon’s 2017 Farmers of the Year. Mike and Sylvia received the award at the annual North of 60° Agriculture Banquet in Whitehorse on November 3.

Mike has been farming in the Yukon since the 1980s, and has a long history of volunteer work with the board of the Yukon Agricultural Association. They are long-time residents of the Takhini area.

Amendments to Yukon's Pounds Act

The Government of Yukon is updating the Pounds Act to align with other legislation and to meet current livestock control program requirements. The amendments include:

  • a new definition of “animal;”
  • who can capture and contain animals and enforce the Pounds Act;
  • eliminating Yukon pounds districts and boundaries;
  • new methods for identifying impounded animals; and,
  • other small changes to clarify and modernize the Pounds Act.

This act does not include the care of domestic animals such as cats and dogs.

Elk/Agriculture Conflict Hunt

The Yukon government has established an Elk/Agriculture Conflict Hunt in response to concerns from Takhini River area farmers over crop damage caused by elk. The government’s goal is to train elk to avoid agricultural properties through aversive conditioning, consistent with the draft elk management plan.

Veterinary services program

The Veterinary Services Program reimburses participating veterinarians up to $1,000 per farm to cover costs associated with their travel and professional service fees.

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Elijah Smith Building,
300 Main Street, Whitehorse

Phone: 867.667.5838
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