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the harvest was down during these two
critical days.
"From 2010 through 2012, the average harvest on opening and ending day
was 107 and 58 bears, respectively. Last
year, only 57 and 24 bears were taken.
Inclement weather likely contributed
to the low harvest on those days. There
were strong winds on the opener and
heavy rain on the last day over most of
the state."
The Game Commission for years
has worked to hold the bear population
in check by deploying increased bear
hunting opportunities. Although the
archery bear season has been a popular and effective season, the extended
seasons that allow properly
licensed deer hunters to
shoot bears have been
more valuable to
managers and led to
the harvest of some
behemoths that otherwise might not
have been taken.
Last year, 780 bears
were taken in the extended seasons.
Ternent said harvest levels remained
acceptable in the two wildlife management units (WMUs) where the extended
season was expanded last year.
"In WMU 3D, the extended season
was lengthened by two days, and in
WMU 3B the entire unit was opened
to extended hunting, unlike prior years
when only the eastern two-thirds was
open," Ternent explained. "The harvest
rates in these two WMUs were about
21 percent, which is adequate, and as a
result, we are offering the same opportunities again this year."
The Game Commission endeavors to
keep bear populations in check, given
their propensity to cause property dam-

age and frequent residential areas. This
year, the agency launched a new system
for tracking bear nuisance complaints.
Through July 8, agency wildlife conservation officers fielded more than 2,100
bear complaints.
"Although we don't really know
what the upper limit is for bear numbers
in Pennsylvania's forested habitat, we
do believe it is above current densities,
because we are not detecting signs of a
population at carrying capacity, such as
reduced reproduction," Ternent said.
"Yet, in some places, bears may be at or
above levels that people are willing to
tolerate, commonly called the 'cultural
carrying capacity.' The possibility of approaching that threshold was
part of the reason
behind offering an
extended season,
which now occurs
in 13 WMUs."
Tw o o f t h e
bigger changes in
Pennsylvania bear hunting
in recent years were moving the
opener to a Saturday and extending the
traditional three-day season by a day. The
move, shepherded by the agency's Board
of Game Commissioners, was made to
help more junior hunters and working
adults get afield in bear season.
"We had concerns that switching to a
Saturday might increase hunter participation, and consequently the bear harvest;
maybe more than the resource could
sustain," said Robert W. Schlemmer, the
president of the Board of Game Commissioners. "We also didn't know whether
hunter behavior might change: With a
Saturday opener, would people stop hunting beyond the first day?"
Results from the 2010 through 2013
hunting seasons suggest that neither

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