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Friday, November 30, 2007

Huge Bear Returned After Relocation To Potter County

MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette
William E. Siddle Sr., right, bagged this 613-pound trophy bear while hunting this week in Loyalsock Township with his son, William Siddle Jr.

William E. Siddle Sr. was hunting with his son, William Siddle Jr., Wednesday in Loyalsock Township when the two joined efforts that led to the elder Siddle bagging a massive bear, perhaps the largest taken in Lycoming County this year.

It left both men speechless and struggling to come to grips with the size of the trophy animal they had harvested just after noon, not far from their home in the township.

The Siddles took the bear in Wildlife Management Unit 3B, in a thin sliver of the unit that is open to extended bear season from Nov. 26 through Dec. 1.

The elder Siddle said he was flabbergasted at the size of the male bear.

‘‘When I got about 10 feet from him I realized what a monster he was,’’ he said.

According to Game Commission officials at the agency’s Northcentral Region office near Antes Fort, the bear officially weighed in at a whopping 613 pounds actual live weight, and that, they suggested, made it the largest bear taken in Lycoming County this season.

Rick Macklem, information and education supervisor at the Northeast Region office, said the bear was no stranger to the area.

‘‘It was trapped Aug. 1 by our officers off Warrensville Road and was relocated at that time up to Potter County, so it found its way home,’’ Macklem said.

Picture and information taken from a story in the Sun Gazette by Eric Long.

1 comment :

never2far2ride said...

When will the G.C. stop trying to out smart mother-nature? Potter County is over run with bear and coyote. Relocating the bear only proves so. It was smart enough to go back where it came from, obviously knowing where the food was more plentiful.