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Regional or Local Number: PP-2010-5538

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. PP-2010-5538 is issued.

Purpose:
Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Description:
This long-term research project aims to determine the current status and trends in relative population of eastern foxsnakes at Point Pelee National Park. Eastern foxsnakes are opportunistically captured and brought to the park’s Visitor Centre where information on location, size, weight and gender can be recorded. Monitoring studies of eastern foxsnakes have been ongoing at Pelee since 1967 and snakes have been implanted with passive integrated transponders (PIT tags) for identification since 2001. All new captures will be implanted with PIT tags subcutaneously and released as soon as possible. This study will build on past data collection and will compliment data already supplied by hibernacula and telemetry studies.

Start Date: 2010-06-01   End Date: 2012-10-31

Issuing Authority: Parks Canada Agency

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act
  • Canada National Parks Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Ontario

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; No reasonable other alternative have been found. Using opportunistic mark/recapture studies in combination with radio-telemetry, hibernacula and genetic studies is the only way to gain information on the population dynamics of the eastern foxsnake in the park. Other marking methods have been explored by the research community and the use of pit tags has been deemed the safest and most effective. Without studies of this kind, the park cannot move forward with strategies to help conserve this species. b)all feasible measures will be taken to minimize the impact of the activity on the species or its critical habitat or the residences of its individuals; and PIT tags will only be implanted into healthy, adult snakes (not neonates). Implantation will only be done by experienced individuals and will follow protocols approved by an Animal Care Committee. All foxsnakes will be released to their capture location as quickly as possible. c) the activity will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species. Effects of PIT tagging are expected to be minimal given the short time the animal is held and the simplicity of the procedure. This low impact method of identification has been used extensively on many species of snake in Canada and the number of healthy animals recaptured suggests little effect of the marking procedure on animal survival or health.

Contact Person(s)
Tammy Dobbie
Ecosystem Management Coordinator
Point Pelee National Park of Canada
407 Monarch Lane, R.R.1
Leamington, ON
N8H 3V4
Tel: 519-932-5700
Fax: 519-932-1678
Tammy.Dobbie@pc.gc.ca

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