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Reducing Human/Coyote Conflict at Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada - ACAN



  Reference Number 235357
  Solicitation Number 10111573
  Organization Name Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada
Atlantic Region
  Source ID FD.AG.NS.10061.110324.C79651
  Associated Components No


  Published 2012-01-09
  Closing 2012-01-24 02:00 PM Atlantic Standard Time AST


  Category Special Studies and Analysis - (Not R&D)
  Region of Delivery Atlantic
  Region of Opportunity Atlantic
  Agreement Type Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)
  Tender Type Advance Contract Award Notice (ACAN)
  Estimated Value $50,001 - $100,000
  Solicitation Method Open

Notice Description

  Reducing Human/Coyote Conflict at Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada


Request No.: 10111573

An Advance Contract Award Notice (ACAN) allows departments and agencies to post a notice, for no less than fifteen calendar days, indicating to the supplier community that it intends to award a good, service or construction contract to a pre-identified contractor. If no other supplier submits, on or before the closing date, a statement of capabilities that meets the requirements set out in the ACAN, the competitive requirements of the government’s contracting policy have been met. Following notification to suppliers not successful in demonstrating that their statement of capabilities meets the requirements set out in the ACAN, the contract may then be awarded using the Treasury Boards electronic bidding authorities. However, should a Statement of Capabilities be found to meet the requirements set out in the ACAN, then the contracting authority will proceed to a full tendering process.

1.    Requirement Definition

This purpose of the project is to address an increase in human coyote conflicts at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The primary objectives are to change the behaviour of coyotes so as to reduce conflict between coyotes and humans.
2.    Background:

In the last fifteen years there has been an increase in conflict between coyotes and humans, both in frequency and severity. This situation peaked with the first coyote caused, adult human fatality, in 2009.
This situation is unique and the following parameters are considered important to achieving the objectives:
What is the diet of coyotes?
Have human sourced foods played a role in the aggressive behaviour noted?
How are coyotes using the landscape in relationship to people?
How do coyotes respond to human activity?
What is the home range of coyotes?
Is there a seasonal change in habitat use, which may be related to human activity?
What is the survival rate of coyotes?
Den locations.
Rendezvous locations.
What tools or techniques will work to change coyote behaviour and how will they be applied?

3.    Description of the work:

Resident, adult coyotes will be live trapped an fitted with GPS and VHF radio collars. Animals will be trapped with a combination of foothold traps and cable restraint devices. Trapping efforts will take place during late fall and early spring each year, or as needed. Trapping will be conducted at specific sites designed to maximize capture probabilities but also to disburse radio collars among different packs. To minimize potential impacts of trapping, two areas will be maintained as ‘protected areas’ where trapping will not take place. Additionally, trapping at each site will be stopped as soon as a GPS collar has been placed on a suitable animal from that site.
Each coyote will be aged (via tooth wear and reproductive status), sexed, measured, weighed, physical status determined. Adults will be ear-tagged with plastic, numbered tags. If possible, blood and hair samples will be collected from each individual.

Trapping will be conducted by the contractor. Traps and cable restraint will be provided by the contractor. Immobilization of coyotes will be conducted trained personal only.

4.    Qualifications and Experience

Minimum Qualifications and Experience

The lead scientist of this project must :

- hold a PhD in Wildlife Management from a recognized institution;
- be a certified Wildlife Biologist;
- have at least 10 years of experience (within the last 10-12 years) conducting coyote ecological research;
- have significant ( 5 years or more) experience in the use of GPS wildlife tracking systems and the analysis of the data generated; within the last 10 -12 years.
- have significant ( 5 years or more) experience in working with government and non government agencies, communities and other wildlife researchers in a collaborative manner; within the last 10 years.
- have experience (5 years in the last 10 -12 years) in human/coyote conflicts, with published (peer reviewed journals or book chapter submissions) results;
- have experience (5 years in the last 10 -12 years) in conducting coyote diet analysis, including the use of stable isotope analysis;
- have experience (5 years in the last 10 -12 years) in conducting human/coyote aversion trials;
- have experience (5 years in the last 10 -12 years) in human dimensions of wildlife research;
- have experience (5 years in the last 10 -12 years) in supervising Masters level students; and
- have significant ( 5 years or more) experience in the capture, chemical immobilization and handling of coyotes within the last 10 -12 years.

5.    Deliverables

Research proposal
Aversion protocol
Progress reports that link results with objectives
Aversion testing on four coyote packs
Final Report with diet analysis, spatial use analysis, aversion test results, tools for modifying coyote behaviour and management recommendations
Digital copies of all GPS collar data
Copies of any aggressive coyote video

6.    Intellectual Property

Parks Canada has determined that any intellectual property arising from the performance of the work under the contract will vest in the Contractor. Section 21 Copyright of the General Terms and Conditions, cited in the solicitation documents for this requirement, is hereby revoked and replaced with Supplemental General Conditions 4006 (2010-08-16) “Contractor to Own Intellectual Property Rights in Foreground Information” which can also be found in the SACC manual.

7.    Contract Period

The completion date will be on or by March 31, 2014 (Final Report)

8.    Estimated Value

The estimated value of this work is $100,000.00 (Travel and Taxes excluded).

9.    Exemption to the Government Contract Regulations

Part 1, Section 6(d) of the Government Contract Regulations is being invoked in this procurement as only one known person or firm is capable of performing the contract.

Trade Agreements:

NAFTA – NO EXEMPT – Annex 1001.1b-2 Section B

10.    Name and Address of Proposed Contractor

Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation
P.O. Box 9 14N322 IL Route 25
Dundee, IL 60118

11.    Justification for the Pre-Selected Supplier

The project Reducing Coyote /Human Conflict in Cape Breton Highlands National Park has been in the development phase for the past year. Extensive review and investigation of similar research across North America has taken place. It is clear that this project has a unique set of objectives and research requirements. Therefore it has been concluded that the best option to attain the objectives of this project, is to contract the services of the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation led by Dr Stan Gehrt. Stan Gehrt, PhD., is Chair of McGraw’s Center for Wildlife Research. He is associate professor in the School of Environmental & Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. He is a certified wildlife biologist with The Wildlife Society. He has authored 10 chapters in wildlife management books published by Johns Hopkins University Press, Island Press and McGraw-Hill. He has edited and reviewed text for more than 30 national and international scientific journals. He is considered the leading expert on urban coyotes in North America. When considering the points listed below, there are no other researchers who have the combination of experience and expertise needed to achieve the objectives of this project.

Factors considered:

- Dr. Gehrt is well connected to a large North America wide network of coyote research that includes human/coyote conflict
- Dr. Gehrt has led a ten year study on coyotes which is the largest in the world ( 300 captures and 250 collared coyotes), which involves GPS collar technology, aversion trials, diet analysis, human/coyote interaction, and public education
- Max McGraw Foundation has an excellent reputation for partnering with universities, conducted applied wildlife research and has a mission that included education and conservation
- Dr. Gehrt has published results in social science and natural science peer reviewed journals on coyote / human conflict
- Dr. Gehrt has an excellent reputation for working with government and non government agencies

12.    Submission of Statement of Capabilities

Suppliers who consider themselves fully qualified and available to provide the services/goods described herein, may submit a statement of capabilities in writing to the Contracting Officer identified in this Notice on or before the closing date of this Notice. The statement of capabilities must clearly demonstrate how the supplier meets the advertised requirements. Statement of capabilities received after the mentioned delay will not be considered.

The Agency File Number, the Contracting officer’s name and the closing date of the ACAN must appear on the outside of the envelope or, in the case of a facsimile transmission, on the covering page.

Responses received on or before the closing date will be considered solely for the purpose of deciding whether or not to conduct a competitive procurement. Information provided will be used by the Crown for technical evaluation purposes only and will not be construed as a proposal. Your written response must provide sufficient evidence that clearly demonstrates that your service is capable of fulfilling this requirement.

Suppliers that have submitted a response will be notified in writing of Department’s decision whether to continue with the aforementioned procurement or to complete the requirement.

13.    Closing Date and time for Submissions:

Submissions must be received on or by January 24, 2012 @ 2:00pm (AST)

14.    Responsible Contracting Officer

Nancy Dunphy
Contracts, Procurement & Material Management Advisor
Parks Canada
Atlantic Service Centre
1869 Upper Water Street, Suite AH 201
Halifax, NS B3J 1S9
Telephone: (902) 426-2449
Fax: (902) 426-426-0755



Contracting Authority

  Name Nancy Dunphy
  Address Historic Properties
3rd. Floor, Anchorage House
1869 Upper Water Street
  City Halifax
  State / Province NS
  Country Canada
  Postal Code B3J 1S9
  Phone 902-426-2449
  Fax 902-426-0755
  Website URL

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