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Records of North American Big Game,
including Pennsylvania's biggest bear
taken by Robert Christian, in Monroe
County, in 2011. Scoring 23-09/16,
the big bruin is not just the biggest
bear ever taken in Pennsylvania, it's
the world's largest black bear taken
by a hunter. Six of the top 10 entries
in Boone and Crockett's records are
Pennsylvania bears. That says it all."
Ternent attributes the size and
trophy-caliber of Pennsylvania bears
to several factors. "A lot of it has to do
with food availability," Ternent said.
"Where Pennsylvania sits in the middle
of the north-south Appalachian range
is beneficial because it results in a high
diversity of natural bear foods. This
diversity means that even in belowaverage food years - maybe years with
mid-summer droughts or late spring
frosts that reduce nut and berry production - bears still have something to
eat in Pennsylvania. Some years may
be better than others, but in Pennsylvania it is rare that all foods fail in a
given year. That is not the case as you
move farther north from Pennsylvania.
There also are a lot of human-related
foods available to bears here when you
consider the amount of agriculture and
residential development that is spread
throughout the bear range. Having reliable, abundant food supplies available
every year means that bears in Pennsylvania rarely get 'set back' in their
annual growth and development. A
healthy age structure, where some bears
survive into older age classes every year,
also likely plays a role."
So how good has bear hunting in

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Pennsylvania been in recent years?
"In 2012 there were 45 bears weighing
500 pounds or more in the harvest, in
2011 there were 88, and in 2010 there
were 38," Ternent said. "The three-year
average was 57 bears. If you look at how
many weighed 600 pounds or more, the
numbers were five in 2012, 25 in 2011,
and 11 in 2010 with a three-year average of 14 bears. Clearly, Pennsylvania
bear hunters have several chances
every year to take a truly large bear.
In the past 15 years, there have been
about six bears harvested that weighed
more than 800 pounds, but never one
yet weighing more than 900 pounds.
The record weight bear is 876 pounds
live-weight, which was taken in 2010.
Last year, the largest bear was 709
pounds, and in 2011, the largest was
767 pounds. All were males."
And, yes, Ternent does confirm
there are still bears in excess of 800
pounds wandering Penn's Woods.
Last year, Pennsylvania's bear harvest was 3,632. The state's best bear kill
came in 2011, when hunters took 4,350
bears. It is followed by the 2005 season,
which produced 4,165 bears. Lycoming
County, followed by Clinton, led all
other counties in bear harvest last year.
Potter led the state in 2011, followed
by Tioga. It is an unprecedented time
to hunt bears in Pennsylvania. There
are more opportunities for bear hunters today than ever before in modern
times. With that in mind, hunters are
reminded to consult their digests to
confirm seasons and to report baited areas to region offices. Bear hunting gets
better whenever we all work together!

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