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“Authorities determined it must have been a bear due to the interior damage to the car, as well as the fact that the bear defecated in the cab.”

In case you didn’t know, at the Valley News we love. our. bear. stories.

Over the last 25 years, Vermont’s bear population has grown from less than 3,000 to 5,400 today. (Photo courtesy Jacob Zorn/Vermont Fish & Wildlife)

The bear hunting season is almost upon us in Vermont — Sept. 1, according to a recent news release from Vermont Fish & Wildlife. (This is considered the “early season,” and hunters need a special permit.) There are new rules this year requiring hunters to “collect and turn in a small pre-molar tooth from each harvested bear,” so if you’re not totally squeamish about that kind of thing, you can watch a video that the department shared about just how to do that. Learn more about the rules and regs.