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Unity College students fit video collar on bear

UNITY PLANTATION (AP) -- A two-year quest by Unity College students to fit a black bear with a video collar has achieved success.

Professor George Matula and about a dozen students trekked deep into a 4,000-acre patch of woods off Route 139 on Thursday to fit the collar on a trapped bear.

Although the team had hoped to capture a female so they could get video of it raising cubs, they were still satisfied to fit the collar on an 180-pound male.

Fitting the collar took a delicate approach. While one student kept the angry bear's attention, another sneaked in from behind to deliver a shot to knock it out.

Researchers are hoping to find out more about the black bears' habits with video from the collar when it's retrieved in the winter.