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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: SARA-PNR-2010-0156

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. SARA-PNR-2010-0156 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Permit amendment: expiry date 06-01-2011 now 08-31-2011. The purpose of this study is to determine the genetic relatedness of populations of this lizard in southern Alberta. The study will assess recolonization of populations in Alberta following the last glaciation, whether populations are genetically isolated, and whether some populations are still connected. Eight lizards will be captured by hand, anaesthetized, and each will have a small sample of DNA removed from their tail. The lizards will be kept in a terrarium for 24 hours before being released to ensure there are no complications. Animals will be weighed, measured and sexed before being released.

Start Date: 2010-09-21   End Date: 2011-08-31

Issuing Authority: Environment Canada

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Alberta

Affected Species:

No animals will be killed. There has been no mortality observed in the past two years of this study at other locations. Tail clipping is a widely used DNA sampling technique. The minimum number of animals necessary will be utilized. Tail clipping is preferable to other techniques such as toe clipping as it is less debilitating to normal locomotor activity. Animals are kept under observation in a terrarium for 24 hours. Animals will be released in the area in which they were captured.

Contact Person(s)
Canadian Wildlife Service
, Alberta
E-mail: paul.gregoire@ec.gc.ca