January 29, 2013

Unity College teams up with state to study bears

The Associated Press

UNITY — Unity College is undertaking a study with the state game department of black bear in Maine.

The central Maine college says the multi-year study will involve both faculty and students and include the trapping, tracking, and in at least one case, attachment of a video camera to a Maine black bear.

Unity Associate Professor George Matula says state biologists have been studying Maine black bears since 1975. He says one purpose of the new study is to collect data in an area that is different from where the state is collecting.

Trapping of bears will begin in May around Dixmont, Troy, and Benton areas. GPS-satellite collars will be placed on up five adult female bears with one of the collars equipped with a video camera.

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