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Northern Coast Mountains


Natural Region 6

WILDLIFE:

Dall's Sheep
Dall's Sheep
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This region is home to some of the continent's most spectacular wildlife, wildlife in scale to the size of the mountains. The largest sub-species of moose in the world is found here, with bulls weighing in at over 800 kilograms. The grizzly bears are almost as big as the moose. Dall's sheep, woodland caribou, mountain goats and other large mammals abound.

STATUS OF NATIONAL PARKS:

Kluane National Park and National Park Reserve (22,013 km2) includes many of the natural features, wildlife and vegetation that typify this region.

A wilderness area famous for its abundant grizzly bears, Dall's sheep, caribou and mountain goats, it also includes the highest mountain in Canada (Mount Logan), vast ice fields and surging glaciers. Fringing the glaciers and mountains is a narrow "green belt" ranging from coniferous and deciduous forests to alpine tundra, covering about 18 percent of the park and providing important habitat for the park reserve's abundant wildlife.

Summit of Mount Logan
Summit of
Mount Logan

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In 1993, Canada, the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations and Yukon Government concluded a comprehensive land claim agreement. This resulted in the eastern portion of the park reserve lying in the claim area (about 30%) changing from reserve, to full national park status. Pending settlement of the Kluane First Nation and White River First Nation land claims, the remaining western portion remains a park reserve.

The park and park reserve, together with Tatshenshini-Alsek Wilderness Provincial Park in British Columbia, and Glacier Bay/Wrangle/St. Elias national parks in Alaska, form the largest international World Heritage Site in the world - approximately 85,000 square kilometres.

Natural Region 6
Natural Region 6
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Respective goverments for the protected areas in the World Heritage Site, along with Aboriginal peoples, are considering an international arrangement to manage the areas in a complementary fashion.


National Parks System Plan, 3rd Edition

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