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PA Bear Harvest Numbers Released

December 7, 2015

HARRISBURG, PA - Hunters during the final day of Pennsylvania's statewide bear season harvested 143 bears, raising the statewide season total to 2,693 an increase compared to the 2,444 bears taken during the four days of the statewide season in 2014.

Archery and other early bear season harvest data still is being entered into the Game Commission's database, and final tally of the total bear harvest will be released at a later date, after all bear seasons for the 2015-16 license year are completed.

Bears were harvested in 54 counties during the statewide season in 2015.

The top 10 bears processed at check stations were either estimated or confirmed to have live weights of 618 pounds or more.

Two bears checked on the season's final day joined the top 10 list.

Chad A. Seeger, of Port Matilda, Pa., harvested a male estimated at 632 pounds late in the afternoon on Nov. 24 in Worth Township, Centre County; and Skyler M. Hubler, of Dushore, Pa., harvested a male estimated at 631 pounds in Hillsgrove Township, Sullivan County at 9 a.m. on Nov. 25.

Two 713-pound bears tied for the heaviest among those harvested during the statewide season. A 713-pound male was taken in Granville Township, Mifflin County, on Nov. 23 by Gregory A. Wilson, of Lewistown, Pa.; and another male estimated at 713 pounds was taken Nov. 21 in Blair Township, Blair County, by Richard A. Watt, of Gallitzen, Pa.

Other large bears taken during the statewide season include: a 685-pound male taken in Letterkenny Township, Franklin County, by Dustin J. Foust, of Orrstown, Pa.; a 649-pound male taken in Limestone Township, Warren County, by Matthew B. Stanga, of Tarentum, Pa.; a 648-pound male taken in Brush Creek Township, Fulton County, by Andrew D. Fischer, of Crystal Spring, Pa.; a 640-pound male taken in Weatherly Township, Carbon County, by Kenneth J. Mehlig, of Weatherly, Pa.; a 629-pound male taken by John Gilpin, of Newfoundland, Pa., in Greene Township, Pike County; and a 618-pound male taken in Blooming Grove Township, Pike County, by Brad D. Losito, Hamburg, Pa.

Hunters harvested a total of 3,366 bears during the 2014 season the seventh-largest harvest in state history. The 2,693 bears taken during the statewide season, compares to 2012 the third-largest harvest on record. Hunters in 2012 harvested 2,639 bears during the statewide season, and 3,623 bears overall.

The state's largest bear harvest 4,350 bears happened in 2011, when preliminary four-day totals numbered 3,154.

The preliminary statewide-season bear harvest by Wildlife Management Unit was as follows: WMU 1A, 18 (10 in 2014); WMU 1B, 64 (81); WMU 2A, 3 (1); WMU 2B, 2 (0); WMU 2C, 190 (233); WMU 2D, 161 (137); WMU 2E, 43 (47); WMU 2F, 320 (249); WMU 2G, 658 (571); WMU 2H, 63 (65); WMU 3A, 97 (153); WMU 3B, 212 (199); WMU 3C, 79 (65); WMU 3D, 237 (169); WMU 4A, 124 (97); WMU 4B, 92 (89); WMU 4C, 92 (66); WMU 4D, 210 (176); WMU 4E, 28 (31); WMU 5A, 0 (4); and WMU 5C, 0 (1).

The top bear hunting county in the statewide season was Lycoming County, with 237. It held off Clinton County, where hunters took 224 bears during the statewide season.



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