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August 8, 2017

Bear populations boom, and so do labs that study bear teeth

Associated Press

BRIDGTON, Maine — Carolyn Nistler is at the forefront of a boom in a resource that plays a key role in the management of American wildlife: bear teeth.

Nistler, owner of a Montana lab, and others are sorting through a windfall of teeth taken from American black bears, which use their powerful jaws to crush hazelnuts and chew salmon flesh. The growing population of the bears in the United States has scientists sorting through thousands more teeth, which are important to get a handle on the health of America's bruins.

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