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Crockett black bears are from Pennsylva- Pennsylvania, deer and bears both seem
nia, and another Pennsylvania bear taken to have the genetics to get big. Diet
in 2019, but not officially added to the list and age, however, aren't as automatic.
by presstime, is expected to make the top Ternent believes males must live about
10. Two-hundred sixty-seven Pennsylva- nine years to reach 500 pounds. They'll
nia bears have met Boone & Crockett's need great food sources, too. After that,
21-inch minimum, and another 398 have it comes down to avoiding hunters and
been recognized for measuring between vehicles.
20 and 20 15/16 inches.
"Abundant food and the possibility of
These records, and the occasional living for years as an adult contribute to
800-pound bear that will show up in record-class bears," Ternent said. "Each
some harvests, illustrate the amazing year, we see bears in their teens in the
size Pennsylvania black bears can attain. harvest."
Alt also found back in 1980 that
Often, those bears come from the
bears he weighed were "considerably Poconos, where big swamps provide
larger" than those weighed by agency sanctuary. But others are taken elsebiologist Richard Gerstell in 1939. He where, in those places hunters often skirt.
suggested that maybe the Poconos bears The bigger the bear, according to hunters
: 21 simply were larger than other who have taken them, the more apt they
M Scorheeweighed
Pennsylvania bears, a point Ternent still are to sit tight.
makes when talking about the state's
Pennsylvania's continuing abundance
biggest bears.
of forest - over 50 percent statewide for
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