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vests in Allegheny, Beaver, Cumberland
and Erie counties in 2005. Last year, they
all had bears taken within their borders.
Some counties have seen their bear
harvest more than double over the past
decade, Ternent said. They are Butler,
Clarion, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton,
Juniata, Mercer, Northampton, Perry,
Snyder, Venango and Warren counties.
"These counties are where the harvest
has increased the most, and to no surprise,
they are located in the state's Northwest
and Southcentral regions, where bear
distribution has expanded notably over
the last 10 years," Ternent said.
With bears in most counties, increased
hunting opportunities and a growing army
of bear hunters, it's no wonder Pennsylvania last year placed second nationally in
black-bear harvest. Only Wisconsin had a
higher harvest, with 4,198. Rounding out
the top-five were: West Virginia, 3,195;
North Carolina, 3,118; and Maine, 3,016.
Given Pennsylvania's established presence as a bear-hunting destination, and the
additional pressure multiple seasons put
on bears, some hunters might wonder at
what point does our bear harvest become
too large?

unit populations. But in others, the population continues to grow.
"Many factors can influence how
harvests vary from one year to the next,"
Ternent said. "Some are predictable, such
as the number of hunters participating
in the season or the number of available
bears - both set new records last year so
expectations are good to repeat again."
Others are less predictable, he said,
such as weather during the season and the
availability of fall foods.
Early indications are that the acorn
crop is at least fair, and apples are doing
well, which would suggest 2016 at least
should be on par with recent years.
Pennsylvania has had only one season

ROOM TO GROW
Ternent said given the high reproductive rate of Pennsylvania's bears, alarming
declines in the bear population would not
be expected until the harvest exceeds 30
to 35 percent of the population.
"In a population of 20,000 bears, that
would equate to a 6,000-bear or larger
harvest," Ternent emphasized.
Ternent noted that in some Wildlife
Management Units, the bear harvest is
approaching the level needed to stabilize
Kenneth J. Mehlig, of Weatherly, Pa., took
this 640-pound male in Carbon County on
the first day of the 2015 bear season.
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Intro
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Cover1
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - A
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - B
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - C
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - D
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Contents
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