Brown bears in Scandinavia

When the project started its genetics studies, it opened a door to new perspectives in the research and four genetic questions were posed:

  1. How did bears colonise Scandinavia?
  2. How much genetic variation is there?
  3. What are the family relationships among bears?
  4. How many bears do we have in Sweden?

On the basis of these questions, tissue samples of both marked bears and hunter-killed-bears, as well as scat samples were sent to the French genetic researchers Pierre Taberlet and Eva Bellemain and her colleagues. They analysed the DNA, which is unique to each individual.