In light of the pending PA “Predator Study” to be discussed next week, I think the following is important to note.
The Maine Wildlife Conservation Council boasts <span style="font-style: italic">“Maine has the largest bear population in the eastern United States”</span> and cites that a population of <span style="font-style: italic">”more than 30,000 bears occur statewide”</span>.
At a size of 35,385 sq mi, the wilds of Maine average about 0.85 bear/sq mi. (human density of 43 psm).
In comparison, PA averages 0.70 bear pfsm statewide in recent years (human density of 284 psm).
Even more importantly, Maine has bear density goals that range from a pre-hunt density of 0.2 psm “of habitat” on up to <span style="font-weight: bold">1.3 psm</span>. >LINK<
Compared to Clinton & Cameron County PA which both currently have densities of about <span style="font-weight: bold">1.6 bpfsm</span> and in the recent past have in all likelihood breached the 2.0 mark!
Why is PA bear mngt. so out of step with other states? Why is Maine able to keep their bear population stable but PA cannot? Why does PA need such intensely high bear densities to begin with, higher even than wilds of Maine???