Biologists Asking Hunters for Their Teeth 

Wildlife biologists are using extracted teeth from black bears to monitor Maine’s bear population and determine how best to manage it.The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is asking bear hunters to give up a bear tooth in the name of science.In the past two years, over 2,000 hunters have donated bear teeth.Biologists can establish a bear’s age by cutting a cross-section of the tooth and counting the rings under a microscope.By determining the ages of the bears that are killed during each year’s hunt, biologists can better estimate how many bears there are in the state and how old they are.This year’s hunt began last week and continues through November 27th.