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Regional or Local Number: GLA-2022-41419

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. GLA-2022-41419 is issued.

Purpose:
Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Description:
Parks Canada is actively engaged in Southern Mountain Caribou conservation initiatives for the Revelstoke-Shuswap Local Population Unit, including the Columbia South and Columbia North herds. Parks Canada is delivering on a number of caribou conservation initiatives both inside Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks (for example, Mount Klotz winter closure) and outside of the parks (for example, connectivity corridor mapping and remote camera deployment in caribou home range). Parks Canada’s commitments for caribou in the Multi-Species Action Plan for Mount Revelstoke National Parks of Canada and Glacier National Park of Canada include several actions aimed at managing the timing and extent of human activities in caribou habitat to reduce disturbance to the animals, and contributing to broader conservation and recovery initiatives for the Revelstoke-Shuswap Local Population Unit. Collars are an excellent source of nearly real-time location data that can inform decisions such as where and when to implement area closures for winter habitat or areas to limit helicopter use based on caribou presence. In collaboration with the province of British Columbia, Parks Canada will hire an experienced contractor to capture and radio collar four Southern Mountain Caribou: two animals in Columbia South and two in Columbia North.

Start Date: 2022-03-10   End Date: 2022-03-31

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:

Pre-Conditions:
Alternatives: There is no alternative to capture and collaring of caribou to deploy radio collars on individuals. The collars will give real-time location information which will be used to better understand the fine scale habitat use of animals in the Columbia South and North herds. The data will also be used to inform adaptive management. A no action alternative (not conducting this activity at all) would result in a lack of real-time data to guide conservation and recovery efforts, and hinder the achievement recovery objectives for the species. Mitigations: Contractors with multiple years of experience and low capture mortality will be used for the capture and collaring. Caribou will be captured in March 2022, no later than March 31 so that pregnant female caribou are within a safe and acceptable stage of pregnancy for capture. Capture will only proceed during periods of moderate or low avalanche risk. The helicopter pilot will stay on the open slope of the mountain, to prevent caribou from running into avalanche terrain. If a caribou herd is observed within or adjacent to an avalanche path, distance will be maintained between the machine and the herd to minimize the chance of triggering an avalanche. Capture will not proceed if ambient temperatures vary 10°C or more from average daily temperatures. Once animals are located, the acute chase times will not exceed two minutes. Upon capture, animals will be restrained with hobbles and blindfolded as quickly as possible. Animals will be released, at the site of capture within 10 to 15 minutes of restraint. Each animal will be monitored via satellite closely during the 24-hour period post-release. We will ensure the animal is ambulatory and in the event of a mortality signal the site will be investigated immediately, given safe weather and snow stability. Any mortalities will be collected, stored, and delivered for necropsy under direction from a PCA wildlife veterinarian. Jeopardy to Survival or Recovery of the Species: Despite the fact that the Columbia North herd size is very small, the impacts of this research on caribou vital rates are expected to be minimal. Effects on individuals may include the temporary displacement of caribou from their location and possibly capture related-injuries, but strict animal care protocols will mitigate this risk to the greatest extent possible. We expect any effects of the research to be below the level of detection of detectability and not impact the survival and recovery of caribou. Any negative effects are outweighed by the benefits of monitoring movement patterns and survival rates which will inform recovery measures and population monitoring.

Contact Person(s)
Parks Canada
Conservation Programs Branch
Protected Areas Establishment and Conservation
Parks Canada
30 Victoria Street 3rd floor
Gatineau, QC
J8X 0B3
Tel: 888-773-8888
Fax: 819-420-9273
pc.sarregistrycomments.pc@canada.ca; pc.commentairesderegistreeep.pc@canada.ca

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