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Regional or Local Number: PEINP-2018-29397

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. PEINP-2018-29397 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

The proposed activity will attempt to capture bats at Prince Edward Island National Park using mist nets during evening feeding behaviour. Bats will be handled to obtain species identification, gender and maturity level. A sub-sample of individuals, to a maximum number of 5 mature female bats, may be fitted with Holohil LB series radio-telemetry tags. Tagged bats will be tracked as part of a separately project funded. A non-invasive tissue sample will be obtained and archived for genetic analysis.

Start Date: 2018-08-01   End Date: 2018-08-31

Issuing Authority: Parks Canada Agency

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act
  • Canada National Parks Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Prince Edward Island

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. The alternative of not conducting this research would limit the ability to make informed decisions about how to conserve endangered bat species and their habitat in the park. This research project is consistent with the strategic directions of the Recovery Strategy for Little Brown Myotis (Myotis lucifugus) and Northern Myotis (Myotis septentrionalis) in Canada and is intended to address knowledge gaps, including identification of bats using PEI National Park; b) All feasible measures will be taken to minimize the impact of the activity on the species. Specifically during the capture and handling process, several precautions will be put in place to limit the impact on individuals. Handling time will be limited to 15 minutes. All equipment will be decontaminated to eliminate any risk of spread of White-Nose Syndrome. The MDDEFP (2010) material decontamination protocol based on the national decontamination protocol developed by the Canadian Wildlife Health Network will be used; c) The study is not expected to result in injury, mortality, or reduced fitness, reproduction or survival in individuals. No population-level effects to the species’ are expected to occur as a result of this project. There are no anticipated cumulative effects to bats associated with other activities 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)
Jean-Louis Provencher
Species Conservation Specialist
Parks Canada
3, passage du Chien d'Or. Suite 200.
Quebec City, QC
G1R 3Z8
Tel: 418-649-8251

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