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Regional or Local Number: JNP-2015-18621

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. JNP-2015-18621 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Parks Canada will be surveying solution formed caves in Jasper, Banff and Wood Buffalo National Parks to evaluate their significance for preservation, science and recreation. Assessment of caves, abandoned mines and building structures as past or present bat habitat will be conducted either in conjunction with cave resource inventory or as separate field work as appropriate. Little Brown Bats and/or Northern Long-eared Myotis may be encountered incidentally and during focussed investigations of bat habitat during the winter individuals may be disturbed or aroused. Individual bats also may be handled for species identification, White Nose Syndrome swabbing or DNA analysis.

Start Date: 2015-02-15   End Date: 2018-02-15

Issuing Authority: Parks Canada Agency

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act
  • Canada National Parks Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Alberta
  • Northwest Territories

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: Alternatives considered include: 1) only using acoustic detectors at entrances to detect presence, which results in a loss of information on distribution, numbers and vulnerability; 2) only using acoustic detectors to determine species, which may result in uncertain or incorrect species identification; or 3) not conducting the inventory, which would result in a loss of potentially critical information for habitat identification and protection. 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: If bats are encountered incidentally, inventory will be stopped if further activity will cause excessive disturbance. If inventory is directed at known or high suspected bat habitat, the timing of the inventory will be selected so that bats are not impacted. If the purpose of the inventory is for bat counts during hibernation, counts will be conducted in a manner that minimizes impacts to individuals. Capture and handling of bats will be limited to the purposes of assessment for species identification, White Nose Syndrome and/or DNA analysis. White Nose Syndrome transmission prevention and decontamination protocols will be followed. c)The activity will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species: The project is intended to gather information on bat habitat towards benefitting the survival and recovery of the species. The work will occur in a small area of the species distribution; therefore, although no significant impact to individuals is expected, any impacts will be on a small portion of the total population of the species.

Contact Person(s)
Brenda Shepherd
Ecosystem Scientist
Parks Canada Agency
P.O. Box 10
Jasper, AB
T0E 1E0
Tel: 780-883-0341
Fax: 780-852-4775

Sharon Irwin
Resource Management Officer
Parks Canada Agency
PO Box 750
Fort Smith, NT
X0E 0P0
Tel: 867-872-7948
Fax: 867-872-3910

Derek Petersen
Ecological Integrity Monitoring Coordinator
Parks Canada Agency
P.O. Box 220
Radium, BC
V0A 1M0
Tel: 250-347-6171

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