Video: Unity College Students Study Bears in Maine

Bear Study
A black bear wanders in a Maine forest. Students at Unity College in Maine participate in black bear studies to give them experience conducting wildlife research.
Image Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

In cooperation with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries, students at Unity College participate in a bear study to help prepare them for future careers in wildlife biology. The students are assigned different tasks to complete the study. They determine bear locations and use bait to trap bears. Then, they sedate the bears to collect data through tagging, tattooing and collecting samples, before sending them back into the wild.