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Fire operations:                                 1-877-NWT-FIRE (698-3473)

When reporting a wildfire, provide the following information:

  • your phone number
  • location of the fire
  • what is burning (trees? what species?)
  • size of the fire
  • how quickly the fire is spreading
  • colour of the smoke
  • whether there are lives or values at risk

Your assistance is greatly appreciated, to help to quickly determine the appropriate response to wildfire activity.


24-Hour Spill Report Line              1-867-920-8130

Spills must be immediately reported to the 24-Hour Spill Report Line.

Wildlife emergency

Inuvik Region (Inuvik)                     1-867-678-0289

Sahtu Region (Norman Wells)        1-867-587-2422

North Slave Region (Yellowknife)   1-867-873-7181

South Slave Region (Fort Smith)    1-867-872-0400    (leave a message Oct-May)

Hay River Area Office (Hay River)  1-867-875-7640    (leave a message Oct-May)

Dehcho Region (Fort Simpson)      1-867-695-7433    (leave a message Oct-May)

Big game vehicle collision

Report in person or call:                     1-866-762-2437

If you accidentally kill or seriously wound any big game (e.g. moose, bison, caribou, muskox) with a vehicle, you must report the incident to a Renewable Resource Officer at a local or regional Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) office within 24 hours. You must provide the name of the person who killed or seriously wounded the wildlife, an explanation of the incident, the time, date and location of the incident, the species and quantity involved, and any other information requested by an Officer.

Bison in the Bison Control Area

All regions:                                          1-866-629-6438

Bison in the greater Wood Buffalo National Park (WBNP) meta-population, including all subpopulations within WBNP and the Slave River Lowlands may be infected with bovine tuberculosis or brucellosis, or both. Anyone who sees a bison within the BCA is asked to report the sighting as soon as possible, as bison are capable of travelling long distances. The success of this program depends greatly on the public's cooperation and support.

Wildlife violation

All regions:                                         1-866-762-2437

Violations of renewable resource legislation are serious offences. Violators, such as poachers, deplete wildlife populations and destroy natural habitat. Any information you have concerning a suspected violation is greatly appreciated. If you see something suspicious or illegal, please call and provide as much detail about the situation as possible, including date, time, location, vehicle licence plate, air registration letters or boat registration number and the nature of the incident. This toll-free line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Information provided is passed on to a Renewable Resource Officer.

Report your harvest

In addition to hunting licences and wildlife tags, there are mandatory reporting requirements for certain big game species in the Northwest Territories (NWT). If you plan to harvest any of the following species, please confirm reporting requirements with your local or regional ENR office:

  • Polar bear
  • Grizzly bear
  • Muskox
  • Wood bison
  • Barren-ground caribou (some herds)
  • Peary caribou

It is also mandatory to report any wildlife killed in defence of life or property. Wildlife harvested under Section 56 of the NWT Wildlife Act must be reported to a Renewable Resource Officer as soon as possible. A person may not keep any part of wildlife killed in self-defence.

Bison Hunt Report Form

Resident hunters with a tag to hunt wood bison in Unit U (Slave River Lowlands herd) must complete a Resident Hunter Mandatory Bison Hunt Report Form whether or not a bison was harvested.

NWT Resident Hunter Harvest Surveys

Each fall, resident hunters are asked to provide information about their hunting activities and harvest. Information from the survey helps support effective wildlife management in the NWT.

Wildlife sighting/observation

All wildlife, including bears:               Local or regional ENR office

Species at Risk:                      

Management and conservation of wildlife and habitat

Submit your public comments about management and conservation of wildlife or their habitat in the Northwest Territories (NWT). ENR has established a process for receiving submissions for public review from interested persons and bodies in respect of management and conservation of wildlife and habitat in the NWT, as per Section 16 of the Wildlife Act.