Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: WB-2017-25366

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. WB-2017-25366 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

The activities occurring within Wood Buffalo National Park are occurring as part of a larger South Slave Boreal Caribou and Wolf Monitoring Program, conducted by the Government of the Northwest Territories. The activity requiring authorization is the collection of biological samples from carcasses of any collared boreal caribou that die within Wood Buffalo National Park in order to investigate and determine (where possible) the cause of death.

Start Date: 2017-07-31   End Date: 2022-12-31

Issuing Authority: Parks Canada Agency

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act
  • Canada National Parks Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Northwest Territories

Affected Species:

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: Causes of mortality can only be directly assessed through field investigations and collection of biological samples for further testing. 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: If a helicopter is used to access the site, the aircraft will fly at least 500 to 1,000 feet above ground for purposes of locating the collar. The helicopter will descend only once the exact location is found. This will minimize disturbance to any wildlife on the ground. If large mammals are in the immediate vicinity of the intended landing spot, a new landing location may need to be chosen and crew members will have to walk to the site on foot. Care will be taken to minimize disturbance to the surrounding landscape around the mortality site while on foot and time spent at the location will be kept to a minimum. If motorized equipment is needed (snowmobile, ATV, boat), staff will minimize disturbance to the surrounding area by staying on one trail, driving slowly, and avoiding sensitive areas. If any large wildlife are encountered, they will be given their space and not approached. No garbage or supplies will be left at the site. c)The activity will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species: There are no anticipated population-level effects associated with sampling the carcass of any collared animals that die within the park, and therefore no risk of jeopardizing 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