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700-pound bear taken but Pennsylvania count dwindles

Due to heavy rains on opening day Nov. 18, the Pennsylvania four-day regular bear season harvest is down some 30 percent according to early projections by the state’s Game Commission.

A total of 659 bruins were checked in by Keystone State hunters after the first day of the season. By the time all four days were completed, the harvest ended up at 1,796 black bears. This total does not include archery and other early bear harvest data.

Last year’s four-day harvest was 2,579 animals. The record total for the state occurred back in 2011 when 4,350 bruins were harvested.

The heaviest bear taken during the 2017 season was a 700-pound black bear taken opening morning. At least four bears over 600-pounds were also taken. The North Central Region of the state was the most productive area, producing 754 bears in four days. The top bear hunting county was Lycoming with 130 bears, followed by Tioga with 127.

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