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Regional or Local Number: JNP-2013-15096

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. JNP-2013-15096 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

As part of a study on the influences of industry and apparent competition on caribou decline in Northern Manitoba and Alberta, permission was sought to obtain Parks Canada archived hair samples from Woodland Caribou that were collected during previous research studies and stored in freezers. Hair samples will be analyzed for chemical content to be measured against the diet of predators in relation to the degree of industrial development on the landscape. There will be no direct contact with individuals but the researcher requires possession of a small amount of previously collected and archived Woodland Caribou hair (50 hairs). The hair samples were collected during previous studies which involved capture events and collection of hair and which were conducted with the necessary permits and authorizations. The proponent will only take subsamples from archived samples available, leaving hair for further non-invasive research studies. If the amount of hair required is not available in the sample, no subsample shall be taken and the main sample shall remain in Parks Canada’s possession. There will be no buying, selling or trading of hair samples.

Start Date: 2013-09-30   End Date: 2017-05-31

Issuing Authority: Parks Canada Agency

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act
  • Canada National Parks Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Alberta

Affected Species:

a)All reasonable alternatives to the activity that would reduce the impact on the species have been considered and the best solution has been adopted: Hair samples are preferred over other alternatives such as muscle tissue, bone or dentition for stable isotope analysis as it is non-invasive and can be taken from live individual during collaring or from mortalities. Hair samples are small and can be conveniently archived for long periods of time. Consideration was made for fresh collection of hair/tissue samples which would require capturing individuals but in order to reduce the impact archived hair will be utilized. b)All feasible measures will be taken to minimize the impact of the activity on the species or its critical habitat or the residences of its individuals: The amount of hair required to confirm chemical tracers and measure the elements in the hair is minimal (50 hairs). The proponent will only take subsamples from archived samples, and will leave hair for further non-invasive research studies. This is to safeguard that no further captures will be required to replace samples that are consumed. The use of previously collected samples reduces and eliminates the physical contact with live individuals. All hair samples will be collected from storage freezers alongside Parks Canada staff. Any subsamples not utilized during the analysis shall be returned to the Parks Canada office of origin once the research project is complete. c)The activity will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species: This activity will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species as the samples were previously collected and have been stored by Parks Canada. The use of these archived samples to assess the diet of predators of caribou in relation to anthropogenic developments on the landscape may provide further information to assist in the survival and recovery of this species by providing a correlation between landscape changes and consumption of caribou by predators.

Contact Person(s)
Mr. Mark  Bradley
Wildlife Biologist
Parks Canada
Box 10
Jasper, AB
T0E 1E0
Tel: 780-852-4042
Fax: 780-852-4775

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