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Pennsylvania Bear Harvest Down 30 Percent; Opening Day Rain Blamed

November 29, 2017

The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s preliminary report indicates that the state’s four-day bear season brought in 1,796 bears this year, a thirty percent decline from last year when the fifth-highest total ever was recorded.

Officials say extensive rain on the opening day of the season led, in part, to the drop.

The 2017 data does not include results from archery and other early-bear seasons.

The heaviest bear taken was a 700-pound male, shot at 8:00 AM on opening day in Oil Creek Township in northern Venango County, by Chad Wagner, from Titusville.  In Crawford County’s Oilcreek Township, a 586-pound male taken by another Titusville hunter, Brian Baker, turned out to be the eighth-largest brought in this year.

Warren County led the Game Commission’s Northwest Region with 84 bears taken, followed by Jefferson County with 48 and Venango County with 43 – down from 75 last year.  Lycoming County led the state with 130 bears harvested.  Hunters took bears this year in 54 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.

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