On mountain lion patrol in the California wilds April 20, 2011




On mountain lion patrol in the California wilds April 20, 2011 California Population New Scientist
We are in the mountains above Santa Cruz, California, . . . "The long-term prognosis is not very good if they're not interbreeding with other populations," wildlife ecologist Chris Wilmers from the University of California, Santa Cruz. says. He points to the Florida panther as a classic case of inbreeding's harmful effects. "They've got a population of 80 or so individuals, and they are starting to have all these genetic defects like single testicles and infertile animals." Using DNA from captured mountain lions, he plans to analyse gene flow in the population.across the road from a prison work camp.


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