Early Stats Show Pa. Hunters Klled 3,039 Bears
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Early figures from the state Game Commission show that Pennsylvania hunters killed more than 3,000 bears this season.
The preliminary total of 3,039 bears taken during eight days in November is lower than the previous two years. It’s also far below the record of 4,164 set in 2005.
The commission announced Wednesday that bears were harvested in 53 counties.
Officials say an 875-pound bear taken during archery season in Monroe County is the heaviest ever recorded in the state.
The largest bear killed during the firearms season was a male in Somerset County with an estimated live weight of 772 pounds.
Official total bear harvest figures won’t be available until early 2011.