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Monday, December 1, 2008

BEAR HUNTERS HARVEST STANDS AT FIFTH HIGHEST SO FAR

More Than 3,000 Bears Killed
Archery bear hunt results in a harvest of 68


HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Game Commission preliminary bear harvest figures show that 2,946 bears were taken during the recently completed three-day season (Nov. 24-26), and an additional 68 bears were harvested during the two-day archery bear harvest (Nov. 19-20).

So far, the total bear harvest of 3,004 for the two seasons preliminarily ranks as the fifth highest statewide harvest. However, with the extended bear season in certain Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) continuing through Dec. 6, the total preliminary harvest will increase. Concurrent with the first week of the firearms deer season, there is an extended bear season that is open Dec. 1-6, in WMU 3C and portions of 3B, 2G and 4E; and Dec. 3-6, in all of WMUs 4C, 4D and 4E.

Preliminary total bear harvest figures – including the ongoing extended bear seasons that end Dec. 6 – are expected by Dec. 10. Official total bear harvest figures for all three seasons won’t be available until early 2009, after a thorough review of all bear harvest reports.

County harvests by region for the three-day season, followed by the three-day 2007 preliminary harvests in parentheses, are:

Northcentral: Potter, 288 (100); Tioga, 231 (116); Lycoming, 214 (123); McKean, 134 (100); Clearfield, 109 (80); Clinton, 106 (158); Elk, 89 (61); Centre, 88 (58); Cameron, 72 (116); and Union, 40 (27).

County harvests for the two-day archery season (with 2007 figures in parenthesis) by region was:

Northcentral: Clinton, 8 (2); Tioga, 5 (0); McKean, 5 (0); Lycoming, 4 (0); Potter, 2 (2); Centre, 4 (1); Clearfield, 4 (0); Cameron, 1 (1); Elk, 1 (0); and Union, 1 (0).

So far, the top 10 bears processed at check stations through Tuesday all had estimated live weights exceeding 600 pounds. Morgan C. Neipert, of Tobyhanna, harvested the largest bear, which was a male that weighed in at 716 pounds (estimated live weight). The bear was taken in Tobyhanna Township, Monroe County, at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 25.

Brian Ristau, of Clarendon, harvested the largest bear during the two-day archery bear season. Ristau harvested a male that weighed in at 575 pounds (estimated live weight) in Glade Township, Warren County, at 7:15 a.m. on Nov. 19.

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