News from Jackson Hole Radio October 13, 2020

Game and Fish Wants Teeth

by Jackson Hole Radio News

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth. One little tooth tells biologists a lot about wildlife, and so the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is asking select hunters statewide to donate teeth from their harvested mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, bison, bighorn sheep, mountain lions, black bears and bobcats. Wildlife managers can learn the ages of harvested animals from teeth, and that information is important for managing wildlife. Wildlife managers pre-determine hunt areas that will be analyzed each year for certain species. In these areas, local Game and Fish personnel focus sampling efforts by collecting teeth at check stations or request teeth from hunters who receive mailed tooth boxes. Hunters with a license for one of these areas are chosen randomly using the license database, and only a selected few will receive a tooth box. Game and Fish will include information about which teeth are preferred and instructions that show how to pull teeth.