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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: SARA-PYR-2008-0100

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. SARA-PYR-2008-0100 is issued.

Purpose:
Activity necessary or beneficial to the species

Description:
The proponent will electro-fish American bullfrogs, an invasive amphibian species, for removal in three wetlands at MDA Aldergrove, which had a historically abundant Oregon Spotted Frog population that is now in decline (no egg masses have been observed in the subject area in the past two years). The proponent has identified that American bullfrog predation on Oregon Spotted Frogs as an impediment to recovery of this species listed as “Endangered” under Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act. Any endemic species will be returned to the wetland and in the event that Oregon Spotted Frogs are observed in the study area during the process, electro-fishing will be halted.

Start Date: 2008-08-21   End Date: 2008-09-30

Issuing Authority: Environment Canada

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • British Columbia

Affected Species:

Pre-Conditions:
The proponent has identified that American bullfrog predation on Oregon spotted frogs as an impediment to recovery of this species listed as “Endangered” under Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act. While the population at MDA Aldergrove has historically been abundant, recent declines, attributed in part to bullfrog predation, are evidenced by a lack of egg mass observations. The proponent has identified that numerous bullfrog mitigation techniques have been trialed with varying success and electro-shocking has been suggested as a reasonable alternative. Due to the decline in Oregon spotted frog in this area the proponent has demonstrated these activities will not jeopardize the survival and recovery this species or its critical habitat. In addition, the proponent will halt electro-shocking if any Oregon spotted frogs are observed in the subject area. The individuals conducting the activity have experience in identifying Oregon Spotted Frogs.

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