Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Limited connectivity among brown bear populations in Northern Europe

May 20, 2014

Bioforsk - Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research

Brown bear samples from across Northern Europe have been collected and analyzed in a new study. The estimation of gene flow points to a connectivity of the bears between Southern Finland and Western Russia, while migration between Scandinavia and Northern Finland appears to be limited. Brown bears have been persecuted to near extinction for centuries. In recent years, however, the brown bear population has been increasing, especially in Northern and Eastern Europe.

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