The purpose of this section of the laboratory is to aid biologists in determining age structure and population dynamics for different species of Wyoming game animals. This information is utilized in setting of seasons and number of licenses assigned. Teeth are received from hunters and biologist and analyzed using a technique called cementum annuli tooth aging. Approximately 2,000 teeth samples from nine species (moose and elk comprising the majority of the teeth) are received every year. Three quarters of samples received will result in a hunter receiving a post card with the age of their animal recorded.
Tooth section of 4-yr old black bear killed in spring season