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about everyone looks to a bear's weight,
Ternent said.
Yet, it's a bear's skull size - determined
as the length plus the width - that decides
whether it qualifies for the record book.
The reason for that is simple.
A bear's weight fluctuates throughout
the year - and to some extent, throughout
its life - so skull size allows for more
consistent comparison of animals taken
across the U.S., especially since states
might open their seasons at different
times of year.
When it comes right down to it, Ternent said, a bear doesn't have to weigh
all that much to have a large skull. And
conversely, some of the heaviest bears
on record had smaller skulls than bears
hundreds of pounds lighter.
For example, the heaviest bear ever harvested in Pennsylvania - an 876-pounder
taken in 2010 by David Price, of Cresco
- tops the record-book's archery category
with a skull score of 21 15/16. But had the
bear been taken with a rifle, it would be
42nd on the list.
Also noteworthy is the sixth-heaviest
bear on record, an 805-pounder taken by
Bruce Fish, of Stroudsburg, in 1993. With

Removing bear skulls
Game Commission bear biologist
Mark Ternent notes some bears that
likely would have measured into the
record book over the years couldn't
be officially scored because of
damage done to their skulls during
processing. The biggest problem is
when the back of the skull is sawed
off during butchering. Hunters must
also remember to not glue the lower
jaw to the skull because the two
required measurements are taken
on the top part of the skull.

a skull score of 21 6/16, the giant bruin
ranks 113th on the official list.
While skull size and weight might
sometimes appear mismatched, Ternent
said skull size is an indicator of age, and
a bear's age generally relates closely to
its weight.
And in terms of skull size, Pennsylvania's biggest bears are an elite class.
The No. 1 bear in Pennsylvania's record
book, its skull measuring 23 9/16, not only
is a state record but it tops the Boone &
Crockett record book as the world's largest black bear taken by a hunter.
In fact, 27 of the top 100 black bears
in the Boone & Crockett record book are
Pennsylvania bears.
And make no mistake, the bears on the
list are big.
The No. 1 bear - harvested in Monroe
The bear taken in 2011 by Robert Christian,
of East Stroudsburg, left, officially has the
largest skull of any taken by a hunter worldwide. Many Pennsylvania bears rank among
the worldwide leaders, and the state's bears
have rewritten the Pennsylvania records book
in recent decades. The bear at left, taken in
1983 by Johne Whyne, of Ashland, right, at
one time ranked No. 1. It now ranks No. 22.

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