new research shows rare spirit bear needs more protection

New research shows rare Spirit bear needs more protection

Spirit bears are rarer than we thought and protection of their habitat is inadequate. New research has identified that the small genetic change responsible for Spirit bears – a rare, white-coated form of black bears – is up to 50% rarer in the Great Bear Rainforest than previously estimated. The study also indicates that geographic hotspots, where the Spirit bear version of the gene was especially…

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