Pennsylvania 2012 Bear Harvest Ranks ThirdPA Game Commission, Bear Hunting Magazine
The Pennsylvania Game Commission announced that the final bear harvest results from the 2012 bear seasons show that hunters harvested 3,632 bears, which ranks third highest in state history.
The record bear harvest was set in 2011, when hunters took 4,350 bears. In 2005, hunters harvested 4,162 bears, the second highest record.
The final harvest tallies by season are: 13 in the new, early seasons in Wildlife Management Units 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D; 262 bears taken during the statewide, five-day archery bear season; 2,685 bears taken during the four-day bear season, which included a Saturday-opener; and 672 bears taken during the extended bear season held in various WMUs during all or portions of the first week of the deer season.
Other recent bear harvests include: 3,090 in 2010; 3,512 in 2009; 3,458 in 2008; 2,362 in 2007; 3,124 in 2006; 2,976 in 2004; 3,000 in 2003; 2,686 in 2002; 3,063 in 2001; 3,075 in 2000; 1,740 in 1999; and 2,598 in 1998.
Bears were harvested in 56 of the state's 67 counties; which marked a record for the number of counties included. The top five bear harvest counties this year, once again, all come from the north-central region: Lycoming, 341; Clinton, 265; Tioga, 227; Potter 179 and Centre, 143.
According to the final report, 45 bears weighing 500 pounds or more were legally harvested during 2012 and five bears surpassed the 600 pound mark.