The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local Sports

December 16, 2012

Bear harvest numbers mixed

JOHNSTOWN — Bear season appears to have been a mixed bag in the region, with the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s preliminary harvest figures showing a big increase in the number of animals taken in Somerset County and a commensurate decline in the Cambria County kill.

Tentative totals for the four-day season in mid-November are 87 bears taken in Somerset County, 11 in Cambria, 19 in Indiana and 76 in Bedford.

Last year, Somerset County produced 85 bears, down from 83 a year before; Cambria’s kill was 35, up from 18 in 2010; Indians was 33 (43) and Bedford produced 55 (84).

Official numbers on this year’s kill won’t be available until early next year, but likely will be close to the preliminary figures.

Nevertheless, the numbers indicate the up-and-down nature of bear harvests. Tom Fazi at the Game Commision’s Southwest Region office in Bolivar, said the annual results are dependent on a wide variety of factors that are often not easy to pin down.

“I don’t know,” he said when asked about this year’s numbers.

“It was a bad weather year. I know the acorn crop was not what it should be, and the

bears weren’t in the traditional mountainous regions and on game lands. They were likely

in agricultural areas, where hunter access may not have been as good. And, with the Saturday opener, I’m just wondering if the casual bear hunter may not be going out again on Monday.

“I think if we had had better weather conditions and a better mast crop, we’d have had a great kill,” Fazi said.

“We certainly have the bears. They only killed 11 bears in all of Cambria County. That’s a drop in the bucket with how many bears that live in Cambria County. But, bear hunters are notorious for preseason scouting, and I think when they say the lack of mast, they went somewhere else to hunt.”

One Cambria County hunter who went elsewhere is Rob McCombie of Benshoff Hill, who has been a bear hunter for nearly 20 years.

“We hunt around Emporium, and the bear were there during the summer,” he said.

“There were sightings there all summer long, but the feed was just gone by the time bear season came. We were busting acorns open, and they were all rotted.

“We’ve been bear hunting long enough to know they will move 70 or 100 miles to find food. After not seeing anything on Saturday (the opener), we scouted on Sunday and found a place with good acorns. That’s where I missed a bear on Monday.”

McCombie agreed that there was no shortage of bears.

“This year, I think there’s just as many bear,” he said. “But, people see bear in the summer and go there and sit in bear season and don’t see anything. They don’t realize bear move with the food supply.

“I had a buddy who went up to a camp in Snowshoe and their group got six bear in two days. Somebody went up there and did their scouting and found there was a lot of food there, so thats where they hunted.”

Statewide, the four-day preliminary harvest was put at 2,639 bears.

Last year’s four-day total was 3,154, which sent the state’s hunters on their way to a eventual record kill of 4,350 once archery and extended-season kills were added.

Game Commission Press Secretary Jerry Feaser said

even if this year’s final figure is lower, it should not prove surprising.

“You don’t often follow a record harvest with another record harvest,” he said. “But right now, we only know the results of the four-day season. We added additional bear hunting in urbanized units. But, we can’t compare this year’s harvest with all of last year’s harvest because we don’t have all of this year’s harvest figures yet. We are still waiting for that.”

To read stories in their entirety, visit one of these links:

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat print edition.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • Pirates 0720 Pirates rally to keep sweep

    Taking the extra base was the key for the Pittsburgh Pirates in completing a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies.
    Andrew McCutchen hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, Neil Walker followed with a home run and the Pirates overcame a three-run deficit to beat the Rockies 5-3 Sunday.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • LAG 0720 AAABA League playoffs: Laurel Auto Group moves closer to advancing

    Second-seeded Laurel Auto Group fell behind early against No. 3 Berkley Hills Renegades on Sunday afternoon at Roxbury Park. But Laurel’s players didn’t lose their composure.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Urtz, Pope lead AAABA League award votes

    Logan Urtz hadn’t fielded a ground ball as an infielder or swung a bat in a game for a couple seasons.
    But you can’t take the former infielder out of a starting pitcher.

    July 20, 2014

  • aaaba 0721 Martella’s sweeps past Delweld

    A six-run rally in the first helped guide Martella’s Pharmacy to an 8-1 win over Delweld in Game 3 of their best-of-5 AAABA League semifinal series at Point Stadium, sweeping the series in the process.
    That rally also continued season-long trends for the clubs, according to their respective managers.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • warshel_0721 Warshel selecting UPJ

    For Kelci Warshel, the call to attend Pitt-Johnstown was based on the availability of her desired major – nursing.
    Taking an opportunity to join the university’s women’s track and field program was a very nice add-on and one that the Richland High graduate is ready to jump into ...
    ... Or hurdle over.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pirates 0721 Rallying Dodgers snap Pirates’ win streak at 3 games

    Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched seven strong innings, Adrian Gonzalez reached base five times and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Monday night.
    Ryu (11-5) joined Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw in making the Dodgers the first team in the majors with three 11-game winners.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pitt picked sixth in cluttered Coastal

    Florida State was an obvious choice as a favorite in one of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s divisions.
    In the other one, the pecking order was nowhere near that clear.

    July 21, 2014

  • Local Sports Briefs

    July 21, 2014

  • American Legion Region 7: Bedford gets past Clearfield

    Bedford’s Jake Stover had two hits with double and three RBIs in a 9-6 win against host Clearfield in the Pa. American Legion Region 7 Tournament.

    July 21, 2014

  • American Legion Region 7: Claysburg edges Beech Creek

    Claysburg’s Mike Mock went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run in the fourth inning to help his squad get by Beech Creek 7-6 during Sunday’s winners-bracket game in the Pa. American Legion Region 7 Tournament.

    July 21, 2014

AP Video
Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Obama Offers Condolences at Dutch Embassy Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament The Rock Finds His Inner 'Hercules' Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts

What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide