DNA reveals ‘The Boss’ is the big daddy of Banff grizzly bears

Big Boss rules…

Calgary Herald

BANFF — Who’s the daddy? Grizzly bear No. 122, apparently.

Wildlife officials in Banff National Park have been testing DNA to learn more about the grizzly bear population and density in the area.

Early results show No. 122, a well-known large male bear known by some locals as The Boss, has fathered at least five of the young bears in the park.

“It was a little bit of a surprise,” said Steve Michel, human-wildlife conflict specialist with Banff National Park. “It is and it isn’t.

“It isn’t from the standpoint that he is the dominant bear on the landscape.”

The bear, made famous after he ate a black bear, is the father of all three of well-known grizzly No. 64’s offspring: No. 144, No. 148 and an unmarked female.

Bear 64 with her cubs in Banff National Park in June 2011. Bear 64 with her cubs in Banff National Park in June 2011.

The now four-year-old bears were left on their own after No. 64, known as the matriarch…

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