From the Pennsylvania Game Commission
-- With an additional 342 bears taken during the extended bear season, Pennsylvania Game Commission preliminary harvest reports account for 3,499 bears, moving this year’s harvest into second place in state bear harvests.
Updated preliminary results also now show the two-day archery bear season resulted in a harvest of 114 bears, and the statewide three-day season resulted in a harvest of 3,043 bears.
Official total bear harvest figures for all three seasons won’t be available until early 2010 after a detailed review of each harvest report is completed.
In the 2005 bear season, hunters harvested a record 4,164 bears. Other recent bear harvests include 2,598 in 1998; 1,740 in 1999; 3,075 in 2000; 3,063 in 2001; 2,686 in 2002; 3,000 in 2003; 2,977 in 2004; 3,124 in 2006; 2,362 in 2007; and 3,460 in 2008.Leading the top five bear harvest counties this year all come from the North central Region.