Wildlife are an important part of Teslin Tlingit culture and subsistence. The Lands and Resources Department implements voluntary hunting restrictions and promotes awareness of sustainable harvesting through training sessions and informational materials.

Harvest Management

The Lands and Resources Department has a responsibility to Teslin Tlingit Council Citizens to manage renewable resources within the Traditional Territory. A major part of wildlife management is harvest management. The Lands and Resources Department aims to manage harvest to ensure that wildlife populations are healthy for future generations, while, at the same time, making sure that the needs of Citizens are met today.

Salvaging Road Kill 

TTC is currently developing an interdepartmental policy, which will state that road kill should be used whenever possible for celebrations and government functions, and disallow the harvest of cow moose for government purposes. TTC makes an effort to redistribute meat to the community, and appreciates your help by reporting road kill to the Fish and Wildlife Officer, (867) 390-2532 ext 376 or Email.

Moose Management Plans

Moose (Dzisk’w)There are 4 Moose Management Units (MMU) where the level of harvest is approaching unsustainable.  The South Canol MMU, the Nisutlin/Quiet Lake MMU, the Teslin Burn MMU, and the Cassiar/Swift MMU.  We are also very concerned about hunting in the BC portion of Teslin Lake.  The Lands Department will be working with the Teslin RRC, the Yukon Government and the Province of BC to develop moose management plans in these five MMUs.  These plans will guide research, monitoring and harvest management for all hunters.  In the meantime, TTC continues to ask Citizens to limit their harvest to one moose per household, and TTC will not be issuing permits to non-Citizens to hunt on Settlement Land.  {link most recent GC resolution}

In particular, the Nisutlin River watershed is a very high priority because it is known as the “breadbasket” of the Tlingit people.  Due to the accessibility of this area from the Canol Road and the Nisutlin River, concern regarding the health of the moose populations is significant.  Citizens are asked to avoid harvesting moose in the Nisutlin area during the rut. 

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