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The Hair of the Bear: DNA Fingerprinting Allows Non-Intrusive Study of Grizzly Bears
Released: 3/16/2000

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Rebecca Phipps 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-4414 | FAX: 703-648-4466

Katherine Kendall
Phone: 406-888-7994

NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS: Reproducible remote camera photos of bears at hair traps and scientists in the field may be found at:


For more information on the project, please visit our website at: http://www.mesc.usgs.gov/glacier/beardna.htm.

WHAT: Lecture on ground-breaking genetic sampling of GRIZZLY BEARS in Glacier National Park, Montana

WHO: Katherine Kendall, Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey

WHERE: Carmichael Auditorium, Smithsonian Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.

WHEN: Mon. Mar. 20, 6 p.m

DETAILS: Kendall will describe her innovative use of noninvasive genetic sampling and DNA fingerprinting techniques to monitor grizzly bear populations in Glacier National Park and surrounding areas.

Recent advances in genetic technology have allowed Kendall to identify species, sex, and individuals from DNA extracted from bear hair and scats without handling bears. Previous grizzly population studies in forested habitats were often accomplished with the use of radio telemetry, which is expensive and disruptive to bears, as well as to park visitors.

News media are invited to attend and cover this lecture. Ms. Kendall is also available for interviews on her research by contacting Rebecca Phipps, USGS Public Affairs, at (703) 648-4414, rphipps@usgs.gov.

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