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Regional or Local Number: PEINP-2019-32399

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. PEINP-2019-32399 is issued.

Purpose:
Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Description:
The proposed activity will attempt to capture bats using mist nets during evening feeding behaviour. Bats will be handled to obtain species identification, gender and maturity level. A non-invasive tissue sample will be obtained and archived for genetic analysis. Up to 20 bats will be fitted with a radio transmitter before being released at the site of capture. The transmitter will fall off automatically. Each bat with a transmitter will be tracked to its day-roost location for the lifetime of the transmitter.

Start Date: 2019-05-25   End Date: 2020-08-30

Issuing Authority: Parks Canada Agency

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Prince Edward Island

Affected Species:

Pre-Conditions:
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 the ability to make informed decisions about how to conserve endangered bat species. This research project is consistent with the strategic directions of the Recovery Strategy for Little Brown Myotis (Myotis lucifugus), Northern Myotis (Myotis septentrionalis) in Canada and is intended to address knowledge gaps, including identification of bat species and habitat use in PEI National Park. Acoustic detections do not allow for the identification of myotis species. Acoustic detection can only identify the presence of a species and indicate the level of nocturnal activity. b) All feasible measures will be taken to minimize the impact of the activity on the species. During the capture process, several precautions will be put in place to limit the impact on individuals: (i) All personnel handling bats will be trained on bat handling techniques by an experience bat handler and researcher. Protocols will follow the University of Waterloo Office of Research Ethics standard operating protocol procedures for bat mist netting, which has been approved by the University of Waterloo Animal Care Committee; (ii) Mist nets will be inspected every 15 minutes to remove any bats that are captured. Nets will not be set up in inclement weather. Females captured with pups attached will be released immediately; (iii) Unravelling and handling time will be limited to 15 minutes per bat. All bats will be released within the hour (including handling time and holding time in bag); (iv) Medical grade, latex based adhesive glue will be used for attaching radio transmitters and should drop off within 4-20 days. Radios will only be attached to healthy adults that meet the weight requirements (radio weight less than 5% of total body weight). Additionally, emphasis will be placed on equipment decontamination in order to eliminate any risk of contamination by the White-Nose Syndrome. This will be achieved by following the decontamination protocol developed by the Canadian Wildlife Health Network titled “Recommendations for WNS decontamination during summer activities”. This includes: (i) Changing and containing clothing (for later decontamination) at the end of the night when moving between trapping sites. Wearing disposable gloves and considering the use of Tyvek coveralls or other coveralls that can be decontaminated; (ii) Changing gloves regularly and wiping all equipment (scale, calipers, etc) that has come into contact with the bat with appropriate disinfecting wipes if free flying bats are trapped that may not be from the same colony; (iii) Decontamination should also include of anything touched while handing bats such as headlamps, storage containers, or by having a field assistant keep their hands clean to open tubes, adjust headlamps and assist in other data collection; and (iv) Using disposable paper bags to hold bats. c) The activity will not jeopardize survival of the species. The study is not expected to result in injury, mortality, or a reduction in fitness, reproduction or survival of individuals. We do not expect that there will be any population-level effects to the species’ due to this project. Only one known mortality has occurred in the 12,000-15,000 individual bats captured through trapping by the primary researcher over his 20+ year career. 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
pca_sar.registrycomments@pc.gc.ca

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