Bow Hunter Bags Record- Breaking Black Bear In Pa.
BUSHKILL, Pa. (AP) – An 879-pound black bear brought down by a bow hunter this week was the largest ever recorded in the state, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission.
The 17-year-old bruin was killed by hunter David Price on Monday, during a statewide archery hunt just north of Fernwood Resort in northeastern Pennsylvania’s Pike County.
With an estimated live weight of 879 pounds, the bruin was 15 pounds heavier than the previous record holder, an 864-pound bear killed in Pike County in 2003.
“This bear could be No. 1 in the world,’’ game commission spokesman Tim Conway told the Pocono Record.
The world record is determined by skull size. Officials say the bear’s skull will be measured after 60 days.
Since 1992, officials said, six bears weighing at least 800 pounds have been killed in Pennsylvania.