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Regional or Local Number: GLA-2015-19918

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. GLA-2015-19918 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Parks Canada will be conducting a research project to survey bats in areas of Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks to help determine where different bat species are present, and contribute information to the understanding of genetic structure of bats in the Columbia Mountains and whether ecozone boundaries impact population structure and gene flow associated with the spread of white-nosed syndrome in the west. The study will involve acoustic sampling, mist-netting (capture and handling of individuals), and the collection of tissue samples from up to 20 individuals per species captured.

Start Date: 2015-08-01   End Date: 2018-11-30

Issuing Authority: Parks Canada Agency

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act
  • Canada National Parks Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • British Columbia

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: Not conducting this research will limit Parks Canada’s ability to make informed decisions about how to conserve bat species in these parks, including how to manage access to our cave and karst areas. The alternative of solely using acoustic devices has been a useful tool to identify and confirm bat presence at sites; however, acoustic monitoring devices are limited in their accuracy of identifying bats by species. Non-invasive genetic sampling of guano to identify bat species has been successfully employed in areas where bat roosts are accessible. However, this method is not applicable in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks due to high annual precipitation (which flushes away bat guano), relatively few bats roosting together especially during swarming, and roost sites typically occurring in small spaces which are difficult to locate and nearly impossible access. 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: Transfer of white-nosed syndrome or other pathogens will be mitigated by following strict disinfection procedures as laid out by the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre in 2014. All staff will be trained on bat handling techniques in advance of field work, and experienced bat handlers will be placed with each capture team. Captures will occur at a time that avoids critical stages for females and fledging bats. Capture myopathy will be mitigated by ensuring that mist nets are monitored every five to 10 minutes to avoid bats becoming badly entangled or injured; prompt, calm, gentle and efficient removal of individuals from nets; keeping captured bats well oxygenated and warm; and holding individuals for less than one hour. Wing biopsies will only be collected on healthy individuals of adequate weight, will be collected by a qualified biologists, and will target an area of the wing where there are no arteries or veins and where skin regeneration occurs. If bats receive minor injuries that will not compromise flight they will be released immediately. If injuries may compromise the ability to fly, the individual will be isolated in a well-ventilated container and appropriate specialists contacted. In the unlikely event of an injury requiring euthanasia, cervical dislocation will be employed following the 2014 British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Standard Operating Procedure on Bat Euthanasia. Mortalities will be subject to a full necropsy at a qualified veterinary pathology laboratory. c)The activity will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species: The study is not expected to result in injury, mortality, or reduced fitness, reproduction or survival. Bats in the project area are not compromised by white-nosed syndrome, and it is not expected that there will be any population-level impact to the species due to this project. There are no anticipated cumulative effects of other activities. The cave system is closed to the public and requires restricted permitting to allow access, and there are currently no other projects in the area that could affect bats. The project is not expected to jeopardize survival or recovery of the species, and the information from the study will assist in conservation and recovery efforts.

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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