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Vt Fish and Wildlife seeks bear teeth from hunters
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking bear hunters to give them a tooth from any animals they take so biologists can collect information on the health of the state's bear population.
Teeth are used to determine the age of the bear. Scientists use age and sex data to get an estimate of the number of bears in the state and to determine the health of the population.
Bear Project Leader Forrest Hammond said the premolar being sought is small and easy to loosen with a knife.
Directions are on the back of the envelope used to submit the teeth that are available at check stations.
Hammond says preliminary reports indicate that foods favored by bears are plentiful in the woods this year.