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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: SARA-PYR-2008-0077

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. SARA-PYR-2008-0077 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Genetic analysis will be conducted on two reptiles Western rattlesnake, (Crotalus oreganos); Great Basin gophersnake, (Pituophis catenifer deserticola) and two amphibian species namely Great Basin spadefoot, (Spea intermontana) and Tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinium). Blood samples of western rattlesnakes and Great Basin gophersnakes will be collected. Capturing of rattlesnakes and gophersnakes will be done with a snake hook and the snakes will be put into a snake bag. The snake is held in a restraining tube during blood collection. Blood will be collected from the caudal vein. Less than 2ml will be collected. The area is sterilized and then blood is drawn using a vacutainer syringe. The blood is stored in a blood preservative. Surveys will be conducted for egg masses of Great Basin spadefoot and only eggs will be collected. Spadefoot eggs will be collected by hand using disposable gloves. Spadefoot eggs will be euthanized with Ms 222 and preserved in a buffer solution for genetic suitable for genetic analysis. Collection of road kill - Great Basin Spadefoots killed on roads will be the preferred source of genetic material. In the case of Tiger Salamander it will be the only source.

Start Date: 2008-04-09   End Date: 2008-08-31

Issuing Authority: Environment Canada

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • British Columbia

Affected Species:

Consistent with Section 73 (3) (a-c), the proponent also successfully demonstrated that all reasonable alternatives to the activity have been considered, all feasible measures will be taken to minimize the effect of the activity on the species, and the activity will not jeopardize its survival or recovery. The capture and blood sampling techniques to be used to collect genetic material from snakes are standard techniques that apparently pose little risk to the animals. Great Basin Spadefoots are numerically abundant in the area and lay large numbers of eggs. Great Basin Spadefoots and Tiger Salamanders killed on roads will be the preferred source of genetic material, however where sufficient roadkill samples of cannot be found, eggs or larvae may be collected only for the Great Basin Spadefoot. In the case of Tiger Salamander it will be the only source (road kills).Genetic research is recommended by the recovery teams for these species.

Contact Person(s)
Permit Section
Canadian Wildlife Service
Delta, British Columbia
Phone: (604) 940-4650
Fax: (604) 946-7022
E-mail: sarapermitting.pyr@ec.gc.ca