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Bear harvest in 2020 was the sixth best in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, PA () — During the 2020 bear season, Pennsylvania hunters posted what was the sixth best bear harvest ever.

Pennsylvania hunters caught 3,608 black bears in the 2020 season. Yields are about 20% lower than last year’s record 4,653 bears, but consistent with an average of 3,675 bears per year over the last five seasons, the second highest yield in the period.

In the bear archery season, which benefited from a long week-long season, Bowhunter set a new harvest record of 948, breaking the previous record of 561 set in 2019.

Bear harvests have historically changed exponentially from one year to the next, often affected by autumn food availability, weather and hunter behavior.

Three times in the last 20 years, Pennsylvania’s annual bear yield has exceeded 4,000. With each subsequent harvest year, yields were reduced by hundreds of bears. After a record yield of 4,311 in 2011, the yield dropped to 3,632. After a record yield of 4,164 in 2005, the yield in 2006 dropped to 3,124.

“This decline has manifested itself in bear harvests in Pennsylvania over the past century,” said Emily Carolo, a Game Rating and Administration Committee bear biologist. “It’s the nature and reality of bear hunting.”

Harvest report

During the 2020 season, bears were captured in 59 of the 67 counties and 22 of the 23 Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) in Pennsylvania.

The biggest bear of all seasons in 2020 is a £ 719 man photographed by McConnellsburg’s Abbey Slayer with a crossbow at Ayr Township in Fulton County on November 7.

The heaviest bear ever captured in Pennsylvania was the 875-pound bear harvested in 2010 at Middle Smithfield Township in Pike County. Since 1992, seven black bears weighing over 800 pounds have been legally harvested during the Pennsylvania hunting season.

Potter County ended with 188 bears and was the top bear yielder in the county. This was followed by Lycoming County at 185. The other counties with the highest bear yields in 2020 are: Clearfield, 157; Monroe, 152; Clinton, 149; Elk, 140; Lucerne, 125; and Carbon, 117.

The final county yields by region (2019 numbers in parentheses) are as follows:

Northwest – 472 (557): Warren, 86 (146); Venango, 84 (80); Jefferson, 76 (65); Mori, 61 (69); Clarion, 59 (65); Butler, 42 (44); Crawford, 41 (65); Ellie, 18 (16); Mercer, 4 (7); and Lawrence, 1 (0).

Southwest – 258 (347): Somerset, 69 (124); Fayette, 43 (62); Armstrong, 56 (58); Indiana, 29 (42); Cambria, 24 (29); Westmoreland, 32 (29); Allegheny, 3 ( 2); and green, 2 (1).

North Central – 1,305 (1,609): Potter, 188 (174); Lycoming, 185 (284); Tioga, 184 (267); Clearfield, 157 (103); Clinton, 149 (267); Elk, 140 (101); Center, 117 (146) McKean, 87 (129); Cameron, 61 (80); and Union, 37 (54).

South Central – 416 (731): Huntingdon, 90 (180); Bedford, 82 (156); Perry, 36 (68); Juniata, 34 (42); Fulton, 31 (80); Franklin, 31 (47); Mifflin, 30 (54) Blair, 29 (40); Snyder, 20 (25); Cumberland, 6 (27); and Adams, 7 (11).

Northeast – 987 (1,228): Montour, 152 (130); Lucerne, 125 (163); Pike, 105 (161); Wayne, 99 (131); Carbon, 97 (88); Bradford, 82 (128); Sullivan, 71 (87); Lackawanna, 56 (79); Susquehanna, 54 (82); Colombia, 53 (64); Wyoming, 42 (82); Northumberland, 22 (26); and Montour, 3 (7).

Southeast – 170 (185): Schuylkill, 78 (79); Dauphin, 37 (67); Berks, 15 (17); Northampton, 23 (16); Lehi, 7 (4); and Lebanon, 9 (2).

The final bear harvest by the Wildlife Management Unit (final 2019 numbers in parentheses) is: WMU 1A, 22 (20); WMU 1B, 119 (167); WMU 2A, 9 (11) WMU 2B, 6 (3); WMU 2C, 175 (292); WMU 2D, 190 (189); WMU 2E, 74 (82); WMU 2F, 277 (351); WMU 2G, 626 (712); WMU 2H, 141 (111); WMU 3A, 199 (268); WMU 3B, 272 (427); WMU 3C, 170 (224); WMU 3D, 408 (493); WMU 4A, 175 (308); WMU 4B, 112 (192); WMU 4C, 228 (254); WMU 4D, 234 (370); WMU 4E, 135 (139); WMU 5A, 13 (25); WMU 5B, 0 (1); WMU 5C, 22 (14); WMU 5D, 1 (0).

Bear harvest in 2020 was the sixth best in Pennsylvania

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