Bear season in county extended into Monday
28 Nov 2016 — Times Observer
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has released its preliminary three-day bear harvest results.
The bear season in Warren County, according to WCO Eric McBride, was extended into Monday, Nov. 28, due to an increase in human-bear interactions and in an attempt to lower them.
The total number of bears harvested across all three days was 2,308. That's about eight percent less than the first three days of the 2015 season, which saw a total three-day harvest of 2,487.
Those bears were harvested across 53 counties. The top ten bears processed at check stations by last Wednesday were either estimated or confirmed to have live weights of 616 pounds or more; one bear, taken on Tuesday, Nov. 22, joined the state's top ten.
Gregory Fuller of Williamsport harvested a male estimated at 649 pounds in Armstrong Township, Lycoming County, on Tuesday. The largest of the state's heaviest bears - a male estimated at 700 pounds - was taken in Barrett Township, Monroe County, by Chad Nauman of Cresco at about 7 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, which was the opening day of bear season statewide.
Other large bears taken in the statewide season include a 666-pound male taken Monday in Leidy Township, Clinton County, by Ryan Grieb of Leesport. A 662-pound male was taken Saturday in Homer Township, Potter County, by Grant Ruhl of Lebanon. A 642-pound male was taken Saturday in Sterling Township, Wayne County, by Randy Elders of Greentown. A 635-pound male was taken Monday in Hebron Township, Potter County, by Andrew Tiffany of Athens. A 622-pound male was taken Saturday in Porter Township, Pike County, by Joseph Skutches Jr., of Nazareth. A 621-pound male was taken Saturday in Tionesta Township, Forest County, by Ronald Reitlinger of Cranberry. A 621-pound male was taken Monday in Briar Creek Township, Columbia County, by Kerry Lauer of Berwick, and a 616-pound male was taken Saturday in Tuscarora Township, Juniata County, by Arron Zimmerman of Port Royal.
The overall 2015 harvest brought in 3,748 bears and was the third largest in state history. In 2014, hunters took a total of 3.366 bears, which made it the seventh largest harvest of state history. The largest harvest, with 4,350 bears taken, was in 2011 when preliminary two-day totals numbered 2,709.
The top bear hunting county in the state after three days of this year's bear season was Clinton County, with 179 bears taken. It held off Lycoming County, where hunters took 156 bears the first three days of the season. In a typical Pennsylvania bear season, the press release states, these counties are often the top two.
The three-day harvest for Warren County was 106, with 116 bears taken in 2015.
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