Conservation Genetics

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 693–696 | Cite as

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

  • E. P. MeredithEmail author
  • J. A. Rodzen
  • J. D. Banks
  • K. C. Jones
Technical Note


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).


Black bear Microsatellite Ursus americanus Forensics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. P. Meredith
    • 1
    Email author
  • J. A. Rodzen
    • 1
  • J. D. Banks
    • 1
  • K. C. Jones
    • 2
  1. 1.Wildlife Forensic LaboratoryCalifornia Department of Fish & GameRancho CordovaUSA
  2. 2.Genetic Identification Services, Inc.ChatsworthUSA

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