HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Game Commission announced Tuesday that this year’s bear harvest was the third highest in the state’s history.
The record bear harvest was set in 2011, when hunters took 4,350 bears. In 2005, they took 4,164 bears, which was the second highest in history. And this year, they took 3,632 bears.
Bears were taken in 56 of the state’s 67 counties, a record for the number of counties included. The top five bear harvest counties this year, once again, were all in the north-central region — Lycoming, 341; Clinton, 265; Tioga, 227; Potter 179; and Centre, 143.