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Sow with cubs

This is not hunting related but thought I'd share this. I was out for a walk this past Friday doing some bird watching along the O&W in Susquehanna county and to my surprise watched a sow with 4 cubs for a bit. What a sight to witness on a spring morning. I actually saw a sow with 3 cubs there last spring in almost the same exact location. Those cubs looked to be around 1 year old. I would guess that a 4 cub litter size is not the norm but rather the exception. I'll have the camera next time for sure.
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Not that I want to hijack your thread, but I got this trail camera picture in my back field. Less than a mile from the O&W, just south of Susquehanna.

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This is not hunting related but thought I'd share this. I was out for a walk this past Friday doing some bird watching along the O&W in Susquehanna county and to my surprise watched a sow with 4 cubs for a bit. What a sight to witness on a spring morning. I actually saw a sow with 3 cubs there last spring in almost the same exact location. Those cubs looked to be around 1 year old. I would guess that a 4 cub litter size is not the norm but rather the exception. I'll have the camera next time for sure.
In Pennsylvania the average is three cubs but four is not at all unusual. They are as likely to have four as they are to have only two.

That large litter size is not normal in some parts of the black bearís range. Large litter sizes is an indication of having a healthy bear population that is not above its carrying capacity. But, I am sure the fact that bears have learned to thrive by living closer to people and feeding on garbage and other food more available in close proximity to people helps to keep our bears in such good conditions.

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Not that I want to hijack your thread, but I got this trail camera picture in my back field. Less than a mile from the O&W, just south of Susquehanna.


You're not hijacking at all, that's a great pic. I was in the Stillwater dam area.

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In Pennsylvania the average is three cubs but four is not at all unusual. They are as likely to have four as they are to have only two.

That large litter size is not normal in some parts of the black bearís range. Large litter sizes is an indication of having a healthy bear population that is not above its carrying capacity. But, I am sure the fact that bears have learned to thrive by living closer to people and feeding on garbage and other food more available in close proximity to people helps to keep our bears in such good conditions.

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Its going to be interesting how the game commission handles the black bear population in the coming years. Population by all accounts has soared. Even with the number of bears taken at or around record levels the population is still increasing. There is enough habitat to handle more but Game commission is on record as saying they don't want the level any higher than it is currently. Also Bears kill a lot of fawns and will cause the deer population to drop. We could end up with bear season being during the whole archery season before long.
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Even with the number of bears taken at or around record levels the population is still increasing. There is enough habitat to handle more but Game commission is on record as saying they don't want the level any higher than it is currently.

Enter mange.. not to derail the thread

I had one last year that could be the poster child, nasty! This Sunday I see a 3 -/+ year old coming round with it all around the rear (less then 50%) hopefully they can save him. I called it in today, but they come across as if I was the partial cause, ask about feeders and feeding them.didnt seem like a big deal, I guess normal questioning.
So in a one year period on a 5 acre lot with two mage ridden bears, the one was a zombie from the start, what is really the chance of this little guy getting treatment?
https://www.huntingpa.com/forums/45-b...dead-bear.html

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Enter mange.. not to derail the thread

I had one last year that could be the poster child, nasty! This Sunday I see a 3 -/+ year old coming round with it all around the rear (less then 50%) hopefully they can save him. I called it in today, but they come across as if I was the partial cause, ask about feeders and feeding them.didnt seem like a big deal, I guess normal questioning.
So in a one year period on a 5 acre lot with two mage ridden bears, the one was a zombie from the start, what is really the chance of this little guy getting treatment?
https://www.huntingpa.com/forums/45-b...dead-bear.html
Pretty close to 0. Anything that bad will likely be euthanized.

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