Politician Backs Wildlife Tracking With GPS
Most politicians talk about their concern for the environment and the importance of sustaining the balance between humans and wildlife, but Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts took those sentiments to a whole new level earlier this week in Deerfield. What Governor Patrick did was participate in a new wildlife monitoring and management program designed to oversee different species of animal throughout Franklin County. That meant Governor Patrick had to get uncomfortably close to a pair of black bear cubs and their mother while wildlife officials equipped the animals with GPS tracking systems engineered to provide researchers information that will help being insight on both habitats and conditions of black bear populations throughout Massachusetts.
When Governor Patrick picked up one of the cubs he playfully placed the little furry guy in his coat. Governor Patrick then said that the cubs reminded him of little teddy bears, but he was quick to point out that the cubs would eventually grow up to be one of the roughly 4,500 large black bears in Worcester County and western portion of Massachusetts. The bear population that researchers are hoping to learn more about and protect through the use of GPS tracking devices.
An assistant director working at the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife explained to local news crews that GPS monitoring would begin toward the beginning of March. The reason that particular time frame was selected was because around that time in the season bear cubs will have developed eye sight and begin wandering away from their mother bears for brief stints. The assistant director also stated that they believe the size of black bear cub litters are increasing throughout Massachusetts but certainly in the Northampton region of the state. Wildlife experts have reported witnessing black bear cub litters with as many as three (3) per litter. Hopefully, with the help of the tracker devices and satellite guided locational technology the wildlife researchers will begin to have more concrete data about the black bear population and behaviors in the state.