August 28, 2014
On February 22, 2012, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) sent the Minister of the Environment emergency assessments for three bat species at risk (Northern Myotis (Myotis septentrionalis), Little Brown Myotis (Myotis lucifugus) and Tri-colored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus)) threatened by white nose syndrome, a fungal pathogen that is severely impacting bat populations. In November, 2013 COSEWIC re-examined the status and confirmed it. Environment Canada is now consulting on changes to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk to reflect these new designations for these species and solicited comments from interested parties as to how listing would affect their interactions with the species.
Most exclusion services are performed on private property, not Federal lands, therefore inclusion of the three bat species on the List of Wildlife Species at Risk under the Species at Risk Act would not impact most bat exclusion services provided by pest management professionals. Currently, provincial legislation prohibits harassment and killing of all threatened or endangered bat species and in accordance our industry observes these provincial requirements.
CPMA submitted comments indicating that although bat-friendly methods were already employed by PMPs, it would welcome opportunities to collaborate on developing best practices for relocation and exclusion.