MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont’s early bear hunting season is underway.

The early season bear hunt began Friday and runs through the beginning of the November rifle deer hunting season. The late bear season runs through the first nine days of rifle deer season.

A separate early season bear hunting tag is required to hunt bear.

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says the state has one of the densest populations of black bears in the country, with approximately one bear for every three square miles.

Bear are found throughout the state except for the Lake Champlain islands. They are most commonly found in the Green Mountains and the Northeast Kingdom.

Successful bear hunters are required to submit a bear tooth to the state so scientists can gather information about the population.

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