new study reveals rarity of the spirit bear and gaps in their protection in the great bear rainforest

New study reveals rarity of the Spirit bear and gaps in their protection in the Great Bear Rainforest

Klemtu, British Columbia: 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 prominent lack adequate protection from resource extraction.

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