Microsatellites indicate minimal barriers to mule deer Odocoileus hemionus dispersal across Montana, USA March 26, 2013

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Microsatellites indicate minimal barriers to mule deer Odocoileus hemionus dispersal across Montana, USA March 26, 2013 JH Powell, ST Kalinowski, MD Higgs, MR Ebinger… - Wildlife Biology, 2013
... To better understand the future spread of chronic wasting disease, we conducted a genetic assessment of mule deer Odocoileus hemionus population structure across the state of Montana, USA ... We found evidence for contemporary male bias in dispersal, with female mule deer exhibiting higher mean individual pairwise genetic distance than males. We tested for potential homogenizing effects of past translocations within Montana, but were unable to detect a genetic signature of these events. Our results indicate high levels of connectivity among mule deer populations in Montana and suggest few, if any, detectable barriers to mule deer gene flow or chronic wasting disease transmission...




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