Big Massachussetts Bear Closes Out Season

Gene Chague/Berkshire Eagle Online, Bear Hunting Magazine

Just when I thought the black bear articles were all wrapped up for the year, new information came in. Ed Elias of Hancock bagged the second largest bear in the state this year. It weighed 339 pounds dressed out, but when one considers that the innards weigh nearly 20 percent, the live weight of that bear had to be over 400 pounds. It was bagged in Pittsfield on Nov. 8 with a bow and arrow and its weight was certified at the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife's Hubbard Avenue office. (The largest bear which was checked in state-wide weighed 378 pounds dressed and was taken in Northfield also by bow and arrow. Live weight of that bear had to be around 450 pounds).

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