Preliminary results on genetic tracking of the Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) individuals in the Malá Fatra National Park (Slovakia)
AbstractIn this study, we extended the analysis of genetic diversity of the Slovakian brown bear using data from four mitochondrial microsatellite loci. Relatively high levels of genetic heterozygosity was found in the West Carpathian bears. The levels of observed heteroyzgosity ranged from 0.63 to 0.73. Mitochondrial DNA diversity revealed relatively high levels of genetic variation comparable to Scandinavian and North America brown bears. Non-invasive tracking of bears in North Slovakia revealed that current censuses of bears are probably overestimated.
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