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.