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Table 5 Year of sampling, sex, age, condition, and samples obtained for the polar bear used in this study

From: Bacterial diversity in faeces from polar bear (Ursus maritimus) in Arctic Svalbard

Polar bear no. Sample year Sex Age (yrs) Condition a Comments Rectum swab Faeces sample
1 2004 F ND 3 Not lactating X  
2 2004 M 20 3   X  
3 2004 M 22 3   X  
4 2004 M 13 4   X  
5 2004 F 21 4 Not lactating X  
6 2006 M 2 4 Found together with bear 8   X
7 2006 F 17 4 Found with her 1 year old cub   X
8 2006 M 3 3 Found together with bear 6   X
9 b 2006 M 17 4    X
10 b 2006 M 1 3    X
  1. aThe animals' conditions are subjectively given values from 1 to 5 to indicate the amount of fat on their bodies, with increasing values indicating more fat; bSamples from polar bears no. 9 and 10 were excluded from further analysis due to low number of cfu/g. ND, not determined.