spirit bears are rarer and less protected than we thought

Spirit bears are rarer and less protected than we thought

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. Doug Neasloss…

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