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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: 10165-10184, 20106-20125, and 31447-31546

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. 10165-10184, 20106-20125, and 31447-31546 is issued.

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

Up to one hundred and forty individuals will be permitted to harvest snowshoe hare in Gros Morne National Park under the Canada National Parks Act and the Species at Risk Act. Traditional harvesting activities have been permitted since Gros Morne National Park was established in 1973 and is restricted to individuals who were resident in the area when the park was established and their children (i.e. two generations). Harvesting of snowshoe hare is managed to ensure protection of ecological integrity and harvesting effort will continue to decline over time as the eligible pool of local residents ages. This activity occurs within defined areas of the park and does not occur in areas identified as critical habitat for marten (Martes americana atrata). Snowshoe hare harvesters are only permitted to use snare types known to allow marten to escape. Since marten range over most of the park and individuals of the species may encounter snares set for snowshoe hare, individual marten may be harassed by this activity.

Start Date: 2017-01-08   End Date: 2017-03-12

Issuing Authority: Parks Canada Agency

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

Affected Species:

a) Reasonable alternatives to the activity have been considered. Stainless steel snare wire, which is known to harm marten that get caught by it, was used by snowshoe hare harvesters in the past. Now harvesters must use snare wires that have been tested to ensure that marten can escape. b) The activity is managed and conducted in defined areas with limits on both the number of hare that can be harvested and on the time frame over which harvesting can occur. Specific conditions of the permit ensure minimal impact to marten such that the activity will not impede the recovery or survival of the species. Harvesters can only use snare types designed to allow marten to escape. c) Traditional harvesting activities have been ongoing since Gros Morne National Park was established in 1973. Marten were thought to have been extirpated from the park until a small population was found to occur along the eastern boundary in 2001-2002. Since 2002, both the distribution and abundance of marten have continued to increase in the park. It is therefore unlikely that continuation of traditional harvesting activities, which are declining in effort over time as the limited pool of eligible local residents grow older, will threaten the survival or recovery of the species.

Contact Person(s)
Parks Canada
Species Conservation and Management
Natural Resource Conservation
Parks Canada
30 Victoria Street 3rd floor
Gatineau, QC
J8X 0B3
Tel: 888-773-8888
Fax: 819-420-9273