Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: SARA-PYR-2017-0374

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. SARA-PYR-2017-0374 is issued.

Purpose:
Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Description:
This permit authorizes researchers to undertake surveys for the Pallid Bat (Antrozous pallidus) and Little Brown Myotis (Myotis lucifugus) near Lillooet and Merritt, British Columbia. Activities under this permit are conducted by qualified persons and for the purposes of scientific research relating to the conservation of the species. Bat species will be captured with mist nets, temporarily held in bags, and measurements and a fungal wing swab will be taken. A subset of the captured bats will have a wing biopsy. The samples taken will support several research projects. Standard protocols for the capture and handling of bats will be followed, as well as decontamination protocols for White Nose Syndrome (WNS).

Start Date: 2017-05-15   End Date: 2017-10-31

Issuing Authority: Environment Canada

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • British Columbia

Affected Species:

Pre-Conditions:
a) All reasonable alternatives to the activities that would reduce the impact on the species have been considered and the best solution has been adopted. Capturing of bats is required to confirm species recorded during acoustic surveys, which cannot in this region be reliably identified to species (only to genus), and to determine age class and reproductive success. Several other research projects will also use this information, reducing the need for additional capture/handling of bats at other locations and thus reducing overall impact to the species. b) All feasible measures will be taken to minimize the impact of activities on the species. All people involved with the project have appropriate training and experience with the methodology and handling bats. Cori Lausen is very experienced and teaches these skills. Standard procedures are being followed as well as the latest WNS decontamination protocols. The project will adapt to changes with the status of WNS and additional protocols. c) The activities will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species. The effects to the species will be minimal. Bats will be captured and held for short periods of time during a time of year when there are abundant food resources. WNS is a threat when handling bats but decontamination steps are being taken to minimize impacts. There is a low risk of affecting reproductive capabilities because applicant has demonstrated they have taken steps to reduce stress to the species. This will have a limited and short term effect on the behaviour of the species. Residences will not be altered or destroyed. No proposed critical habitat will be destroyed or affected. There are no known cumulative impacts that would occur from this project.

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