Four days of the statewide four-day bear season have produced a preliminary harvest of 2,639 bears, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission check station reports filed Thursday afternoon.
Last year’s four-day bear harvest total was 3,154; in 2010, which offered a three-day season with a Saturday opener, the harvest total was 2,815.
Harvest results from the early bear season, including the statewide archery bear season, won’t be available until mid-December. Official total bear harvest results will be available in early 2013, after a detailed review of each harvest report is completed. Preliminary bear harvest totals do change occasionally by a few bears.
The top 10 bears processed at check stations, so far, all had actual or estimated live weights that exceeded 562 pounds. Joseph A. Spano, of East Stoudsburg, has harvested the largest bear so far this season. Taken Nov. 21, in Middle Smithfield Township, Monroe County, the male bear weighed an actual live weight of 709 pounds.
There were a number of other large bears harvested this season, including a 576-pound bear taken by Dana L. Landis of
Chambersburg while in Southampton Township, Bedford County, on Nov. 19.
After four days of the four-day season, the top bear harvest county in the state remained Lycoming with 262. The rest of the line-up of the top five counties for bear harvests, so far, are: Clinton, 229; Tioga, 150; Potter 109; and Centre, 98.
Other harvests in the region include 29 in Perry County, 14 in Franklin County and eight in Adams County.
For details about those areas open to extended bear hunting and the dates, please see pages 36 and 37 of the 2012-13 Digest. Bear check stations opened during the extended bear seasons can be found on page 38 of the 2012-13 Digest.