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Scientists have confirmed the uniqueness of Kamchatka's reindeer
In the laboratory of the Institute of Ecology and Evolution. A.N. Severtsov RAS in Moscow, conducted a genetic examination of the wild reindeer of Kamchatka. The study confirmed the uniqueness of these animals.
According to the press service of the "Kronotsky State Reserve", for the study, scientists selected the biomaterial of artiodactyls in the reserve: wool, fragments of horns, excrement. In several ways, this deer differs from its relatives from other regions. According to the head of the Cabinet of Molecular Diagnostics Methods at the Institute of Ecology and Evolution. A.N. Severtsov RAS Marina Kholodova, these deer are a separate eco-geographical unit that requires special protection and monitoring.
Kamchatka wild reindeer - the largest in Eurasia In the Kronotsky reserve only about 400 individuals survived, although in the 80s there were more than 20 thousand of them. Previously, scientists argued: this is a separate subspecies or Okhotsk, which also lives in the Magadan region and Chukotka.
The staff of the reserve is watching several dozen animals that have returned from winter pastures. Among 44 individuals, the state inspector of the reserve, Alexander Maslov, counted nine deer that were born last year, and at the end of May the herd is expected to be added again.