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Regional or Local Number: AUL-2010-5673

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. AUL-2010-5673 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

This project involves low-level flying (120 Metres) to conduct a population census of Peary Caribou. This is done within Aulavik National Park as well as outside the park in an effort to survey the species every 5 years. Flight transects will only be flown once so the same animal will not be encountered more than once. Based on previous surveys using the same methodology, larger groups of caribou often do not scatter while smaller groups and single animals are more likely to scatter but there is not a high-intensity flight response. Injuries and/or mortalities have not been observed.

Start Date: 2014-07-01   End Date: 2015-07-01

Issuing Authority: Parks Canada Agency

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act
  • Canada National Parks Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Northwest Territories

Affected Species:

1. Alternatives that would reduce the impact of the activity on the species have been considered and this was determined to be the best option. Trying to count the animals from the ground would be more invasive and disturbing to the animals. Conducting a population census is critical to the management of the herd. Taking no action would make it difficult to measure the health and status of the herd. The methodology being utilized is that which is peer-reviewed and accepted in the scientific community and approved and supported by Aboriginal partners. 2. All feasible measures will be taken to minimize the impact of the activity on the caribou. The flights involve only one pass over an area which avoids multiple stressors. Any given animal will experience one low altitude over flight. 3. The activity will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species. The last time this survey was conducted only 32 individuals were counted. This is a small percentage of the species in Canada. There is a very low probability that animals may be injured while scattering resulting from aircraft disturbance.

Contact Person(s)
Parks Canada
Species Conservation and Management
Natural Resource Conservation
Parks Canada
30 Victoria Street 3rd floor
Gatineau, QC
J8X 0B3
Tel: 888-773-8888
Fax: 819-420-9273

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