Preliminary figures from the Pennsylvania Game Commission show this year’s three bear seasons were the second most productive in the state’s history.
Game commission Executive Director Carl Roe says hunters took 3,698 bears this year. That’s second to 2005, when hunters took 4,164 bears.
Wildlife officials say hunters took 257 bears during the five-day archery season and 3,154 taken in the four-day firearm season. An additional 557 were taken during the extended bear season during the first week of deer season.
The largest bear taken this year was 767 pounds and taken with a crossbow by Joseph Colyer, of Pocono Lake, in Tobyhanna, Monroe County. A total of 81 bears weighing more than 500 pounds were harvested this year.
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