Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: BAN-2016-22240

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. BAN-2016-22240 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Parks Canada is conducting a research project to inventory all bat species in the Saskatchewan Crossing area of Banff National Park, the Kootenay Crossing area of Kootenay National Park, the Lake O’Hara area of Yoho National Park,and the Banff area of Banff National Park. Information collected will also be used to better understand landscape connectivity and gene flow associated with the spread of white-nose syndrome in the west. The study will involve acoustic sampling, mist-netting (capture and handling of individuals), and collecting tissue samples from up to 20 individuals per species captured, and may include radio-tagging up to 15 bats in Banff, Yoho or Kootenay national parks to locate roosts of select bat species. While not specifically targeted, it is anticipated that Little Brown Myotis and Northern Myotis will be captured and handled. It is not anticipated that individuals will be harmed or killed.

Start Date: 2016-07-07   End Date: 2022-12-31

Issuing Authority: Parks Canada Agency

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act
  • Canada National Parks Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Alberta
  • 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 endangered bat species in this park. 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. 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-nose syndrome or other pathogens will be mitigated by following strict disinfection procedures as laid out by the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative in 2017. Experienced bat handlers will lead each capture team. Capture myopathy will be avoided by ensuring that mist nets are monitored every 10 minutes to avoid bats becoming badly entangled or injured. Bats will be removed promptly and gently from nets. Bats will be kept warm when handling. Bats will be held for one hour only. Wing biopsies will only be collected on healthy individuals of adequate weight, will be collected by 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. 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, reduced fitness, reproduction or survival. Bats in the project area are not compromised by white-nosed syndrome, and we do not expect that there will be any population-level effects to the species’ due to this project. There are no anticipated cumulative effects of other activities because 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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