Cats on Yukon land used to be wild and feral, but a change in government and action taken by the Yukon government have turned them into lovely, cuddly pets for the enjoyment of their owners. Since they were brought to the land under the act authorizing British occupancy, cats had been considered domestic animals with all the rights and responsibilities that go with it. The government now protects these cats and their natural habitats. To ensure a long and healthy existence, cats must be provided with shelter and food, and they must have access to a wide variety of outdoor and indoor areas for resting and playing. A few conditions regarding cats on Yukon land are discussed below.
The primary objective of the Yukon government is to conserve the land for future generations. To accomplish this goal, they have set up programs that will benefit current residents as well as future generations. One of the measures taken by the government is to prohibit the use of some animal by-products that are considered harmful and even deadly to wild cats. Examples include deer antlers and ivory.
Caring for the land does require a certain degree of commitment on the part of inhabitants. Responsible individuals are required to preserve, protect and improve the conditions of the wild cats' habitat. This is often done by undertaking conservation activities that benefit both the animals and the people of Yukon. Some of these activities include: planting gardens, maintaining forests, eliminating hazards such as fences, road kill and trapping, and using repellents against snakes, mice and other rodents.
In addition, there are legal obligations for owners to provide shelter, food and other necessities to their cats. If a cat becomes ill or suffers an accident on the land, they should report it immediately to the authorities. Owners should also prepare their cats for shipment back to the wild if they are transported abroad. Once safely back home, cats should be fed regularly with high-quality food. The cat's health is very important to the residents of Yukon. Any problems with a cat, whether serious or minor, should be reported immediately to the Yukon government or local animal shelters.
Animals must be protected from harm and from encroachment onto private or public land. This includes maintaining fences, walls, parks, zoos, sanctuaries, and wildlife refuges. When on private land, animals must be given a wide berth so that they can roam around in safety. This is especially true of breeders and wildlife refuges where people can cause danger to the animals.
There are several restrictions that apply to pets and hunters under the Yukon Government. All exotic pets are prohibited. There are numerous rules and regulations governing hunting, breeding, raising, buying and selling them. Only registered dealers are permitted to sell or buy such animals. Each hunter is required to have a valid license that proves his possession of the animal in question. Foreign hunters are restricted from bringing their cats into the Kingdom.
Animals like bats, deer, moose, fish, raccoons, rabbits, and even rodents are all prohibited. Even birds and reptiles, though permitted, are not allowed in any Conservation Zone. Pets and hunters are strictly prohibited from hunting or fishing within 100 feet of another structure, pond, lake, or tree. Possessing an animal that interferes with another's normal habits or routine is also prohibited. Things like bears, venomous snakes, foxes, coyotes, bobcats, hawks, owls, eagles, and rodents are strictly prohibited.
You will have to obtain a permit before you can hunt on private land. This is especially true for hunting. The cost varies according to the amount of game and the location of the hunting site. The fee is usually $5.00 per adult or youth. A valid photo ID is required for all hunting individuals.