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By Mark Ruby
Wildlife Biologist, Swan Lake Ranger District 

Genetic Diversity and NCDE Grizzly Bears


Genetic diversity of wildlife populations are an important consideration for long term conservation. Having a variety of genetic traits across a population is generally considered highly advantageous, as it allows a species a large toolbox of traits to respond to changes in environment, population size, mutation and other ecological, biological or social factors. Grizzly bears are no such exception and a closer look at bear reproductively and biology can yield some insight into how having genetic variability among individuals is an important thing for a healthy population.

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