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Regional or Local Number: WB08-1006

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. WB08-1006 is issued.

Activity affecting the species is incidental to the carrying out of the activity

The BBC is proposing to film Bison/wolf interactions in Wood Buffalo National Park for a new series, ‘Our Frozen Planet’. The project is scheduled to begin in late February 2009 and end in Late March 2009. The filming will take place when snow is still on the ground, as it would feature as a sequence in the film about surviving winter. The project will involve a ground filming crew and air filming crew.

Start Date: 2009-02-16   End Date: 2009-04-06

Issuing Authority: Parks Canada Agency

Authority Used:

  • Canada National Parks Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Northwest Territories

Affected Species:

Parks Canada has recommended this project proceed for public education purposes and because of the significant amount of exposure Wood Buffalo National Park will get. The Planet Earth series was viewed by an estimated 100 million people. All feasible measures have been taken to minimize the impact of the activity. An Environmental Assessment has been completed and it is expected that the relative impact to the bison will be minimal. Some of the mitigations will ensure that during the filming there will be no chasing or harassing bison and the film crew will be required to keep a reasonable distance to reduce disturbance. The BBC crews also have extensive experience in filming wildlife all around the world and it is in their best interest not to disturb the wildlife, so they can film them in their natural habitat undisturbed. The film crew has state of the art equipment to enable the film crew to film animals at a distance that causes minimal disturbance. Parks staff will be monitoring the filming to ensure there are no negative impacts on the bison and will modify the protocols if negative impacts are observed.

Contact Person(s)
Mr. Richard Zaidan
Park Warden
Parks Canada
Wood Buffalo National Park
Box 750, 149 McDougal Rd
Fort Smith, NT
X0E 0P0
Tel: 867-872-5772
Fax: 867-872-3910

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