MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – A Keene college student has won a grant to study the territorial range of black bears by looking at the unique claw marks they leave on utility poles.

Public Service Company of New Hampshire is paying $1,000 to Nada Wigand, a graduate student from Antioch College New England. This is one of several grants awarded by the untility twice annually.

Another project will create signs to mark outstanding examples of various tree species that grow in the state as part of the “Big Trees of New Hampshire” project of the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension.

Money also goes to the Newfound Lakes Region Association to expand its ecology boat tours.

Applications will be accepted through April 15 for the next set of grants.