Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today announced that hunters started the
2006 black bear season by taking a preliminary harvest of more than 1,400 black
bears in 50 counties. This does not include the results of the state's
first-ever archery bear hunt, which was held on Nov. 15 and 16. Those results
will be available on Nov. 29.
Pennsylvania Game Commission bear check stations recorded a preliminary harvest
of 2,553 bears during the recently completed three-day season, and an additional
73 bears during the state's first-ever, two-day archery bear harvest.
The three-day season, held Nov. 20-22, preliminarily ranks as the eighth highest
statewide harvest. When adding the archery take, the total preliminary harvest
of 2,626 moves up to seventh place. However, Mark Ternent, Game Commission bear
biologist, noted that with the extended bear season in certain Wildlife
Management Units (WMUs) running from Nov. 27 through Dec. 2, the total
preliminary harvest is likely to approach 3,000, which would put this year's
combined bear harvest in line with the previous five years' harvests.
"While this year's bear harvest, so far, pales in comparison to last year's
season, hunters still are on course to register a impressive harvest," Ternent
said. "So far, this looks to be a typical season for bear hunters."
With an additional 465 bears taken during the extended bear season that was open
last week in certain parts of the state, Pennsylvania Game Commission
preliminary harvest reports reached 3,099 bears, which moves this year's harvest
into the number two overall position in state bear harvests. Updated
preliminary results also now show that the first-ever, two-day archery bear
season resulted in a harvest of 74; the traditional, statewide three-day season
resulted in a harvest of 2,560.
Official total bear harvest figures for all three seasons won't be available
until early 2007, after a detailed review of the harvest data is completed.
"While this year's bear harvest appears to pale in comparison to the 2005
season, hunters still registered an impressive harvest," said Mark Ternent, Game
Commission bear biologist. "This year's harvest falls in line with the harvests
of 2000 through 2004."
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