Microsatellites indicate minimal barriers to mule deer dispersal across Montana August, 2018 Montana

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... 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 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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