In Vermont, successful bear hunters to aid wildlife research (video)

Vermont bear hunting seasons are Sept. 1-Nov. 10 and Nov. 11-19. (Vermont Fish & Wildlife photo courtesy of Kris and Norm Senna)

MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding successful bear hunters that a regulation now requires them to submit a bear tooth so wildlife managers can collect important information on Vermont’s bear population.

Teeth submitted by hunters are used to determine the ages of bears, and wildlife biologists use age and sex data to estimate the number of bears in Vermont and to determine the status and health of the bear population. Envelopes for submitting teeth are available at all big game check stations.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife now requires hunters to send in the first pre-molar tooth from their bear. The tooth is small and easy to loosen with a knife.

“Successful bear hunters will be helping in our management of this magnificent big game animal,” said Forrest Hammond, bear project leader for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. “The premolar tooth we’re asking hunters to extract is small and easy to loosen with a knife. Directions for removing the tooth are on the back of the envelope provided by the check station, and a short video showing tooth removal is linked on our website.”

That video also appears below.

Vermont has two bear hunting seasons. The early bear hunting season, which requires a special bear tag, starts Sept. 1 and continues through Nov. 10. The late bear season begins Nov. 11 and continues through Nov. 19. The limit for bears remains one per calendar year.

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