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PA Commission posts bear age data for hunters on website

From the Pennsylvania Game Commission

-- Pennsylvania hunters interested in learning the age of the bear they harvested during the 2009 seasons can log onto the Game Commission's website to find the age of the bear.  The Commission no longer mails a certificate and letter to successful bear hunters notifying them of the bear's age.

The information can be found at clicking here.
The  cost-cutting measure provides hunters with a certificate at the check station when the bear is processed, and information about how and when they can find the age data, which is determined by examining a tooth from the bear that is extracted as part of the check station processing.

Ages are available only for bears from which a tooth was pulled.  To access the data and learn the age of their bear, a hunter will need to have their legal seal number from the check station certificate.  If the hunter no longer has the seal number, age data also is provided in charts broken down by county of harvest.

In 2009, of the nearly 148,000 licensed bear hunters, 3,512 bears were harvested and taken to check stations, which is the second highest harvest recorded in Pennsylvania.  The record bear harvest of 4,164 was set in 2005.  

Instructions on the back of the certificates distributed at check stations to access this data on the agency's website currently is incorrect. The certificates issued in 2009 were distributed prior to the agency's transition to a new website format, which changed navigation features.

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