- Associated Press - Saturday, September 3, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is urging successful bear hunters to submit a tooth from the bear they shoot so biologists can collect information about the state’s bear population.

Biologists used the teeth submitted by hunters to determine the ages of bears. Age and sex data is used to estimate the number of bears and the health of the bear population.

Envelopes for submitting teeth are available at all big game check stations.

State bear biologist Forest Hammond says successful bear hunters “have a real opportunity to give back to our management of this magnificent big game animal.”

Vermont’s first bear season opened Sept. 1 and runs through Nov. 11. The late bear season begins Nov. 12 and runs through Nov. 20.

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