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Keywords:

  • Cervus;
  • Cervus elaphus canadensis;
  • elk;
  • forensic;
  • microsatellites;
  • primers

Abstract

Eleven polymorphic tetranucleotide microsatellite loci have been developed for forensic use in the protection of California elk. Based on a reference sample of elk taken from three races throughout California, the loci consist of 4–9 alleles (average 6.125). Probabilities of identity (Paetkau et al. 1995) range from 0.079 to 0.288, with an overall probability of identity of 1.3 × 10−9 (one in 7.8 × 108).