Researchers have been able to isolate DNA from the footprints polar bears leave behind in the snow, Reuters reports.

Typically, researchers track rare animals like polar bears, snow leopards, and orangutans and collect DNA from sources like hair or feces left in their wake. These DNA samples allow the investigators, Reuters notes, to study the animal's population size and movements, as well as develop conservation strategies.

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