Highways and Public Works

Winter Driving

Driving and Wildlife

Yukon wildlife can dart out in front of you when you least expect it.

Did you know?

  • Wildlife are generally more active in the morning and evening, so take extra care when driving early or late in the day.
  • It is important to slow down in well-known wildlife areas and to pay attention to warning signage indicating animals are in an area.
  • Slow down and be prepared to stop when you see wildlife near the road. They are unpredictable and can dart in front of your vehicle at any time.
  • If an animal is in your path, honk your horn and brake safely to a stop. There is a good chance that the animal is confused and frightened by your presence.
  • If you need to drive around an animal, go slowly and give it lots of room.

Remember - Wildlife can appear in your vehicle’s path when you least expect it.


Well-known wildlife areas in Yukon include, but are not limited to:

  • North Klondike Highway / Takhini Hot Springs Road
  • Takhini River area (Alaska Highway)
  • Jake’s Corner (Alaska Highway)
  • Judas Creek/Lewes River Bridge area (Alaska Highway)
  • Swift River Valley (Alaska Highway)
  • Little Rancheria River (Alaska Highway)
  • North of Watson Lake (Alaska Highway)
  • Lucky Lake area (Alaska Highway)

Between 2003 and 2014, 753 animals were struck by motor vehicles on Yukon Highways. You can help prevent accidents like these by slowing down and driving more cautiously around wildlife.

Contact Transport Services

Government of Yukon
Department of Highways and Public Works
Box 2703 (W-17)
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C6

Phone: (867) 667-5832
Toll free (in Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, local 5832
Fax: (867) 667-5799
Email: road.safety@gov.yk.ca