2011-12-01 / Front Page

13 Bears Taken In County

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER


Lucky bear hunters Brian Strait, left, and Chalmer Strait, right, of Warfordsburg pose with black bears harvested last week as part of the four-day season. Pictured, center, is Dalton Strait. 
– SUBMITTED PHOTO Lucky bear hunters Brian Strait, left, and Chalmer Strait, right, of Warfordsburg pose with black bears harvested last week as part of the four-day season. Pictured, center, is Dalton Strait. – SUBMITTED PHOTO Whether you attribute it to luck, good scouting or just being in the right place at the right time, the Strait family more than likely had a good combination of all three to aid them during the fourday bear season that wrapped up last Wednesday.

Father and son Chalmer and Brian Strait, both of Warfordsburg, were among a small, elite group of lucky hunters to harvest a black bear in Fulton County between November 19 and November 23. With results only available through November 22, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reports a total of 13 bears were harvested locally. Statewide the bear harvest was recorded at 2,815.

Reports indicate Brian Strait harvested a female bear last Monday while hunting in the area of Harman Lane in Buck Valley. The bear tipped the scales at 192 pounds. Meanwhile, Chalmer Strait, who was accompanied by his 11-year-old grandson, Dalton Strait, tagged his 98.5 pound female bear the following day while hunting in the exact same area in Union Township. This was a firstever bear harvest for both Chalmer and Brian.

Fulton County”s harvest rate was low in comparison to prior years as well as in comparison to other counties. Three-day tallies for neighboring Bedford and Huntingdon counties show 51 bears were taken in each county, while Mifflin and Juniata counties had 27 and 21 bears harvested, respectively.

The largest bear harvested in state so far was a 746-pound bruin taken in Potter County on November 19 by Jonathan E. Byler of Ulysses, Pa., Game Commission officials said.

According to Fulton County Wildlife Conservation Officer Kevin Mountz of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the low harvest number locally certainly can”t be attributed to lack of black bear here.

“Sightings and nuisance complaints seem to be annually,” Mountz told the “News.”

“Weather was a big factor in the harvest this year. Rainfall hampered sportsmen from staying out long and kept them from driving the more rugged terrain,” he added.

The official four-day bear harvest total for Fulton County and the remainder of the state won”t likely be available until early 2012 after the Game Commission performs a thorough review of all bear harvest reports.

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