Technical Note

Conservation Genetics

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 693-696

Characterization of 29 tetranucleotide microsatellite loci in black bear (Ursus americanus) for use in forensic and population applications

  • E. P. MeredithAffiliated withWildlife Forensic Laboratory, California Department of Fish & Game Email author 
  • , J. A. RodzenAffiliated withWildlife Forensic Laboratory, California Department of Fish & Game
  • , J. D. BanksAffiliated withWildlife Forensic Laboratory, California Department of Fish & Game
  • , K. C. JonesAffiliated withGenetic Identification Services, Inc.

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Abstract

We developed 29 forensic quality tetranucleotide microsatellite loci for the identification of individual black bear (Ursus americanus). Allele number averaged 5.35 and ranged from 3 to 11. The eight markers selected for forensic use permit the identification and exclusion of individual bear with a probability of identity of approximately 8.1 × 10−8 (approximately one per 12 million).

Keywords

Black bear Microsatellite Ursus americanus Forensics