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Shrinking genetic diversity threatens small herds of buffalo

 

November 6, 2019

Rick Bowmer / Associated Press

Riders herd bison Oct. 26 during an annual roundup on Antelope Island in Utah. Evidence is mounting that wild bison are gradually shedding their genetic diversity across isolated herds.

SANTA FE, N.M. - Evidence is mounting that wild North American bison are gradually shedding their genetic diversity across many of the isolated herds overseen by the U.S. government, weakening future resilience against disease and climate events in the shadow of human encroachment.

The extent of the creeping threat to herds overseen by the Department of Interior - the backbone of wild bison conservation efforts for North America - is coming into sharper focus amid advances in genetic studies.

https://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/Shrinking-genetic-diversity-threatens-small-herds-14808560.php

 

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