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August 01, 2016

Public Hearing on Bear Hunting Regulation, Thurs. Aug. 4

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board will hold a public hearing Thursday, August 4 on a change to Vermont's bear hunting regulation that will help biologists gather ages of bears during hunting season.

"The age information is important in estimating the size of the bear population," said Forrest Hammond, Vermont's bear biologist. "Hunters have been providing bear teeth voluntarily, which has helped. The proposed change would make it a requirement."

The proposed regulation change reads: "Any person who harvests a bear shall collect a premolar tooth and submit the tooth to a game warden, official Fish and Wildlife Department Reporting Station, or to a person designated by the Commissioner to receive the biological collection, within 48 hours of taking the bear."

The hearing will be at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday (August 4) at the Pavilion Auditorium, 109 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05609.

Comments also may be emailed by August 23 to: ANR.FWPublicComment@Vermont.Gov.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. Please include a description of the accommodation you will need. Individuals making such requests must include their contact information. Please send an e-mail to: Catherine.Gjessing@Vermont.Gov or call the office staff at 802-828-1000 (voice), 1-800-253-0191 (TTY).

Media Contacts: Forrest Hammond, 802-885-8832; Mark Scott, 802-777-4217

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: August 01, 2016 15:38:40