PA Bear Season Now Second On Record

Outdoor Central, Bear Hunting Magazine
12/10/2008

UPDATED 12/10/08
With an additional 419 bears taken during the extended bear season that was open last week in certain parts of the state, Pennsylvania Game Commission preliminary harvest reports accounted for 3,436 bears, which moves this years harvest into second place in state bear harvests. Updated preliminary results also now show that the two-day archery bear season resulted in a harvest of 68, and the statewide three-day season resulted in a harvest of 2,948.
Official total bear harvest figures for all three seasons wont be available until early 2009, after a detailed review of each harvest report is completed.


ORIGINAL STORY 12/2/08


Pennsylvania Game Commission preliminary bear harvest figures show that 2,936 bears were taken during the recently completed three-day season (November 24-26), and an additional 68 bears were harvested during the two-day archery bear harvest (November 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 December 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 December 1-6, in WMU 3C and portions of 3B, 2G and 4E; and December 3-6, in all of WMUs 4C, 4D and 4E.

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



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