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Recovery Strategy for the Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia humifusa) in Canada


SARA defines residence as: a dwelling-place, such as a den, nest or other similar area or place, that is occupied or habitually occupied by one or more individuals during all or part of their life cycles, including breeding, rearing, staging, wintering, feeding or hibernating [Subsection 2(1)].

The concept of residence under SARA does not apply to this species. Individuals of the Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus do not inhabit and leave a dwelling place that has features or functions similar to a nest or den. Damaging or destroying the location of individuals of Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus will simultaneously damage or destroy those individuals. Therefore, there is no requirement to describe residences for Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus as a means of raising awareness and enforcing the general prohibitions of SARA. Residence descriptions, or the rationale for why the residence concept does not apply to a given species, are posted on the Species at Risk Public Registry: