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Regional or Local Number: JNP-2017-24038

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. JNP-2017-24038 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Parks Canada is examining next steps for recovery of caribou within Jasper National Park, and continued monitoring wolves and caribou will be used to inform future decisions. The Agency will monitor caribou by helicopter (determining minimum population size and composition) and collect fecal samples as a component of non-invasive population monitoring (DNA extracted from fecal samples contributes to population estimates and calculation of vital rates). This activity may temporarily displace individuals from preferred habitats and increase sensory disturbance in caribou habitat. However, but mitigations to reduce these impacts will be taken and the activity is not expected to affect the functionality of caribou habitat.

Start Date: 2017-03-31   End Date: 2021-03-31

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: Population monitoring is a critical component of identifying effectiveness of management actions and status of woodland caribou within the National Park. Although the alternative of using non-invasive methods to calculate most population parameters are being implemented, there is no reasonable alternative to using helicopters to find animals and determine herd composition and minimum size. 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: Researchers will try to land far from caribou and use a spotting scope to determine sex/age composition; avoid unnecessarily close approaches when conducting aerial surveys or ground observations; and collect scat from locations that caribou have already left whenever possible, or return to the site on a subsequent day or hour if caribou are using the site upon first arrival. c)The activity will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species: Despite the fact that all herds are small and declining, the impacts of the research on caribou vital rates are expected to be minimal. Any effects of the research are expected to be below the level of detectability and not impact the survival and recovery of caribou. Any negative impact is outweighed by the benefits of monitoring population trends towards developing effective management approaches.

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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