Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:29 AM EDT2014-09-02 04:29:46 GMT
McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize...More >>
McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the...More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:25 AM EDT2014-09-02 04:25:16 GMT
It's a crime that continues to generate anger and disbelief in Montgomery and beyond- the destruction of the home of Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks. The case took center stage this Labor Day at an annualMore >>
The community is uniting to help catch the criminals who desecrated a piece of Montgomery history. The vandalism of Rosa Parks' home angered many across the city and hundreds have donated in an effort to help find those responsible. Crimestoppers is hoping a bigger reward will crack the case.More >>
DEERFIELD, MA (WSHM) -
Monday morning, Gov. Deval Patrick was joined by Sec. Rick Sullivan and representatives from the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife to participate in an annual black bear tracking expedition in Deerfield.
"The purpose is to understand more about our bear population and understand its rate of growth, the condition and health of our bears and to understand where they live - the habitat," said Tom O'Shea, assistant director of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife in Massachusetts.
Collars with built-in GPS unit have made it possible for biologists to continuously monitor black bears across the state and the nation.
Around 16 black bears now have GPS collars in the Commonwealth.
However, in order for biologists to track the mama bear and her cubs in an hour and a half, the process can be quite the "bear."
"We do immobilize the mother, and then reattach the collar, make sure it fits properly, collect condition of the bear in terms of its weight and so forth and their health, and then we reattach the collar, put the bear back in," O'Shea said.
On Monday, the mama bear weighed in at 180 pounds, a weight that biologists told CBS 3 is a smaller-sized bear.
Her two male cubs, barely old enough to keep their eyes open, were also weighed - coming in around 6 pounds each.
Although Western Mass has the largest black bear population in the state, biologists have noticed populations start to migrate as far east as Cape Cod.
However, that isn't the only thing that has changed over the years.
"Litters are actually growing in size, especially in suburban areas like Northampton where there may be more food at times. We're now seeing three cubs per litter, which is something that we didn't see as much years ago," O'Shea said.
Black bear tracking has been taking place in Massachusetts since the 1970s.
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Monday, September 1 2014 7:02 AM EDT2014-09-01 11:02:07 GMT
Residents in Worcester, Mass. continue to clean up Monday morning after a small tornado moved through the city. National Weather Service officials confirmed early Monday morning that a EF-0 tornado touchdownMore >>
Residents in Worcester, Mass. continue to clean up Monday morning after a small tornado moved through the city.More >>
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