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2014 Black Bear

Forecast

T

R U LY B I G B L A C K
BEARS - 500 pounds or

termined by harvest rate, which is influenced by season length, hunter numbers,
larger - are taken every year methods of allowable take, and to some
throughout Pennsylvania. degree, habitat. In Pennsylvania, only
Last year, 58 bears that weighed 500 male bears usually exceed 500 pounds,
pounds or more were shot in the and on average, they do not reach that
Commonwealth. That's quite an ac- weight until they're at least 9 years old."
On July 13, Ternent said he helped
complishment considering it takes a
boar about a decade to attain that size. tag a 400-pound male. With good food
It's also why our state remains one of conditions, including acorns in the fall,
the best black-bear destinations in he believes the bear could exceed 500
pounds by hunting season. That's an
America.
"The two states in the eastern United increase in weight of 25 percent, packing
States with the highest bear harvests are on an average of 25 pounds a month. It's
Maine and Pennsylvania," explained a phenomenal binge, one caused by voraMark Ternent, Game Commission bear cious hunger that supports hibernation.
"There were 41
biologist. "Although we
By Joe Kosack
bear entries added to
don't hold the record for
Big Game
the heaviest bear, we
Associate Editor the state'sprogram in
Records
do consistently harvest
more large bears than anywhere else, and 2014 in the firearms bear category,"
we hold the record for the largest-scoring said Bob D'Angelo, who manages the
agency's program and is an official Boone
bear based on skull measurements."
In fact, Pennsylvania has more black & Crockett Club scorer. "Twenty-eight of
bears in the official Boone & Crockett those also made the Boone & Crockett's
scoring book than just about any other Club record book. Two bear skulls that
state. It's been that way for some time, scored 21-12/16 inches were the largand there's little doubt Penn's Woods will est added in the 2014 records and they
serve up more large bears in the state's ranked 55th in the state. One was taken
in Huntingdon County and the other
coming bear seasons.
"Food supply and longevity are the in Bedford County. In addition, seven
primary ingredients needed to produce bears were added in the record book bear
large bears," Ternent said. "Genetics also archery category in 2014.
Pennsylvania wasn't always the bear
might play a small role. Food supply is
center it is today. Prior to 1915, the state
determined by habitat; longevity is de-

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