2013-12-05 / Front Page

Statewide Bear Season Wraps Up

17 harvested here in first three days
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

Bear season ended last Wednesday statewide as well as in Fulton County where after three days a total of 17, were harvested.

Totals for the four-day season, which got under way November 23 and wrapped up November 27, were not yet available through the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

However, three-day preliminary totals released indicate a total of 2,308 black bears were killed statewide. That initial number was expected to increase slightly as inclement weather left a handful of check stations in the state unable to transmit harvest data last Tuesday.

According to Game Commission reports, in 2013, bears were harvested in 51 of the commonwealth’s counties.

The largest bear harvested over the first three days of the statewide season was a 772-pound bruin taken in Covington Township located in Lackawanna County. The lucky hunter in this case was Daniel J. Beavers, who coincidentally resides in Covington Township.

Other notable bears size-wise included a 627-pound male bear that was checked in at the Sideling Hill check station in Fulton County. The bruin was harvested by Everett resident Michael Truax in East Providence Township, Bedford County, reportedly in the area of Rays Hill.

Also making the top-10 list of heavyweight bears killed in Pennsylvania this season was a 595- pounder taken by county resident Maurice Younker of Tollgate Ridge Road. Younker harvested his bruin on opening morning while hunting alongside a cornfield where his nephew was running a combine. Younker’s family plan to have the bear made into a full mount for their lucky hunter.

In addition to the 17 bears killed in Fulton County over the first three days of the 2013 season, 50 were harvested in neighboring Bedford County. Forty-six were taken in Huntingdon County, and eight were killed in Franklin County.

Hunters who closed out the general season with an unfilled bear license are eligible to participate in the extended bear seasons in select wildlife management units that run concurrently with all or portions of the first week of the firearms deer season, Game Commission officials said. Details on extended bear hunting and bear check stations remaining open during that time can be found in the Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping Digest.

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