Bear season opened Saturday, though numbers were down slightly from in years past.
This year's three-day hunt began on Saturday in an effort by the Pa. Game Commission to try to accommodate more hunters.
"It was really designed to increase opportunities," said Doty McDowell, Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer for the Northcentral Region. "By opening on a Saturday, there are kids that wouldn't be available to hunt on a Monday, so by providing a Saturday opener they were hoping to provide more opportunity for everybody."
Several visitors aired their concerns and thoughts on numerous issues during Thursday eveningâ€™s Jay Township Supervisors meeting.
Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Daniel was in attendance at the meeting and said there have been no new trends occurring within the township that residents should be concerned about.
â€śAs always, we are trying to get township input about any problems,â€ť Daniel said.
The Elk County Sheriff's Department recently accepted a donation from the Loyal Order of Moose in Ridgway to help offset the costs of various programs offered to the community's children.
"We go to any location, normally every year we'll go to the different schools and present different programs," Deputy Chief Theresa Merritt said. "There is an organization that does homeschooling and we started going to those as well."
Among the programs offered are Amber Stick, Kid Escape Program and Child Photo ID.