When traditional leaders of the First Nations in Canada’s province of British Columbia talk about the different grizzly populations in the region, they use the term ‘our bears’ to identify the ones living in their own communal areas. They mean it in a sense of kinship and even family.

At the end of 2021 a group of scientists led by geographer Lauren Henson from the University of Victoria, British Columbia published a research paper showing a baffling correlation between the distribution of different Indigenous language families of the area and genetically distinctive grizzly populations.

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