Volume 29, Issue 3 (July 1984)
Enzyme Phenotyping of Alaskan Bears for Wildlife Law Enforcement
Two enzymes in Alaska brown and black bears were examined using cellulose acetate electrophoresis. Both species exhibited a two-allele polymorphism at the lactate dehydrogenase (LDH)-2 (M) locus (three phenotypes) with brown bear also showing a three-allele polymorphism at the 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase (6PGD) locus (six phenotypes). Allele frequencies for the LDH-2 locus were 0.65 and 0.35 for black bears, and 0.96 and 0.04 for brown bears. 6PGD allele frequencies for brown bears were 0.19, 0.72, and 0.09. Phenotyping bear meat and blood can be of great value in investigating poaching cases when used for the comparison of meat or blood samples.