WATERBURY, Vt. - The Vermont Fish & Wildlife is asking bear hunters to send in a bear tooth so wildlife managers can collect information about Vermont's bear population.
A press release says teeth submitted by hunters will be used to determine the age of the bear. Staff members will then use age and sex data to get an estimate of the number of bears in the state and to determine the status and health of the bear population.
"The premolar tooh we're asking hunters to extract is actually quite small and easy to loosen with a knife," Forrest Hammond, Bear Project Leader for the Fish & Wildlife Department, said.
Directions on removing the tooth are on the back of th envelope provided by the check station. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife's produced a YouTube video on how to remove the premolar tooth:
Vermont now has two bear hunting seasons. The Fish & Wildlife Department says the early bear hunting season, which requires a special bear tag, started September 1 and continues through November 24.
Hunters are only permitted one bear per calendar year.
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