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four times more vehicle mortality than
rural bears, which isn't surprising,"
Ternent explained. "But they also experienced high hunting mortality; 23 of the
78 bears we radio-collared during the
study were taken by hunters. In fact, the
harvest rate for these bears was comparable to the harvest rate of rural bears."
The study would prove that, despite
their size, WMUs are just as effective as
smaller management units.
Ternent also worked to satisfy growing interest in an archery bear season,
which eventually started conservatively
in 2006. Over time, the season slowly
was expanded statewide, then lengthened and finally was scheduled to run
concurrent with archery deer hunting.
The process satisfied Ternent because
it favored the resource, and gave managers time to evaluate each progressive
step while keeping stakeholders engaged
in the process. It was wildlife manage-

ment as it's supposed to be.

BEARS & HUNTING
Proof of bear population growth was
apparent, which made expanding hunting
seasons possible. But in every bear season
for the past 30 years, it's been interesting
to see which county would be the next to
record its first bear harvest. It's something
Ternent has watched closely.
"Since 1986, 21 counties have had their
first-bear harvest in modern times," Ternent said. "Collectively, these 21 counties
have harvested almost 5,000 bears in the
past three decades!"
But can range expansion continue into
the six counties yet to record a bear harvest: Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery, Philadelphia and Washington?
"All have had occasional sightings
of bears, but two have frequent enough
sightings that I suspect a harvest will be
recorded soon," Ternent noted. "They are

Game Commission biologist Mark Ternent's bear research took him frequently into
the remote Pennsylvania mountains bears have inhabited for centuries. But as a
once-fragile bear population continued to recover from decades of overharvest, and
bears expanded their range into new parts of the state, they proved to be more than
forest denizens, showing the adaptability to thrive in varied habitat and the willingness
to live close to people, where their forays near homes sometimes get them in trouble.

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