PA Releases Preliminary Final Harvest

Pennsylvania Game Commission, Bear Hunting Magazine

Official total bear harvest figures will not be available until early 2012, after a detailed review of each harvest report is completed, but the following are the preliminary bear harvest results from the state's three recently concluded seasons.

Hunters harvested 3,968 bears, which would rank the harvest as the second highest in state history. The preliminary breakdown by season: 257 bears taken during the statewide, five-day archery bear season; 3,154 bears taken during the four-day bear season, which included a Saturday-opener; and 557 bears taken during the extended bear season held in various Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) during all or portions of the first week of the deer season. These results may vary by a few bears in the final report.

In the 2005 bear season, hunters harvested a record 4,164 bears. The harvest record was set in a three-day statewide season and a six-day extended bear season in five WMUs.

Bears were harvested in 54 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties. The top five counties this year are all in the north central region. The top county was Tioga, with 343, followed by Potter with 327, Lycoming with 291, McKean with 246 and Clinton with 198.

According to preliminary reports, 81 bears weighing 500 pounds or more were legally harvested during the three seasons. The top 10 bears processed at check stations all had estimated live weights that exceeded 678 pounds.

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