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Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: In the thick stuff
Only 1 cub killed in all of Northwest PA last year
I took a quick look at the 2011 Bear Harvest Age Data for the Northwest region. From what I can see there were a total of 304 bears killed in Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Forest, Jefferson, Mercer, Venango, Warren. Out of those 304 bears, only one "cub" (less than a year old) was killed. The other 303 bears were at least 1yr 10 months old. I'm trying to understand why this is the case. Some of my thoughts are:
1) Mothers with cubs have already denned?
2) Hunters are choosing not to shoot cubs?
3) Hunters are shooting cubs, but are not taking them to the check stations?
4) The age reporting is somehow flawed?
What are your thoughts?