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Regional or Local Number: WB-2008-1719

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. WB-2008-1719 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

An aerial reconnaissance will be carried out using a fixed wing to locate large mixed groups of bison and this will be followed up with a ground-based count. The ground-based count will be facilitated by rotary wing aircraft to drop off the research team and to gently herd the bison towards them for counting. The purpose of the ground-based count is to classify a representative sample of WBNP bison herds by their age and gender in order to determine bull: cow ratios, cow: calf ratios, and recruitment for the park wood bison population.

Start Date: 2008-07-20   End Date: 2010-07-15

Issuing Authority: Parks Canada Agency

Authority Used:

  • Canada National Parks Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Northwest Territories

Affected Species:

All feasible measures have been taken to minimize the impact of the activity. A Research Permit 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 segregation count there will be no chasing or harassing bison and the helicopter crew will be required to keep a reasonable distance to reduce disturbance. Parks staff also have extensive experience in conducting bison segregation counts.

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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