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ENNSYLVANIA HUNTERS harvested a record 4,653 bears last year.
But is that record meant to be broken?
More than 10,000 bears were harvested in the state over the past three years.
That's a lot of bears. But it's the third time it's happened in the 21st century; occurring
previously in 2003-05 and 2009-11.
Such harvests illustrate just how resilient Pennsylvania's black-bear population is.
Now inhabiting almost every county, because their adaptability allows them to fit into
just about any habitat that provides food, cover and shelter, bears might occupy more of
the state than they have in a long, long time. Add to that the amazing annual reproduction
of Pennsylvania bears and it's not hard to see how they continue to prosper.
"We should have close to 20,000 bears statewide, similar to recent years," said Mark
Ternent, a veteran Game Commission bear biologist, who now serves as a regional wildlife
biologist for the agency's Northcentral Region Office. "Last year's harvest rate of 20 to
25 percent should not produce significant declines in bear numbers."
New and expanded bear seasons in 2019 helped establish the record harvest, as did
selling a record 202,043 bear licenses. Good, but unexpectedly lighter, harvests in 2018
and 2017 also helped set the stage for 2019's big harvest.
Harvests during the partly concurrent new muzzleloader and special firearms seasons
(1,340 bears in 2019), as well as the extended season (1,117) and archery season (561)
all were records for those seasons, while 1,629 bears were taken in the general season.
The muzzleloader season's success, Ternent said, surprised a lot of people.
"We knew there'd be interest," Ternent explained. "However, based on historic
hunter-participation data from the early muzzleloader deer season, we expected the bear
muzzleloader season harvest to be less than what actually occurred."
It's a season the agency will monitor closely in coming years to ensure its contribution
to the total bear harvest doesn't impact opportunity in other seasons or the bear resource.

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