Doug Neasloss talks about new research on Spirit bears on CBC As It Happens

Young Spirit bear stands beside a mother black bear.

Photo by Doug Neasloss.

New research has identified that the small genetic change responsible for Spirit bears – a rare, white-coated form of black bears – is up to 50% rarer in the Great Bear Rainforest than previously estimated. The study also indicates that geographic hotspots, where the Spirit bear version of the gene was especially prominent lack adequate protection from resource extraction.

Doug Neasloss, Resource Stewardship Director for the Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation and co- author of the study, did an interview on CBC As It Happens. Listen here.

“B.C.’s revered spirit bear is rarer than anyone thought, says First Nations-led study,” As It Happens

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