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Bear season underway throughout the state

November 21, 2010

Workers at the bear check station at S. B. Elliott State Park are shown weighing one of over 50 black bears brought to the station throughout the day on Saturday. The bear had a dressed weight of about 446 pounds. Photo by Becky Polaski

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."
Dave Sittler, biologist aid, worked at the check station throughout the day on Saturday and remarked that the number of bears brought to the check station was less than in year's past.
"By now (around 6 p.m.) we would have a steady stream, but it's been kind of one and two and three (at a time throughout the day)," Sittler said.
As of 6 p.m. Saturday evening around 50 bears had been brought to the check station at S. B. Elliott State Park in Clearfield County, with only four having been harvested in Elk County. An adult male with a dressed weight of 65 pounds was harvested in Jay Township, an adult male with a dressed weight of 189 pounds was harvested in Horton Township, an adult male with a dressed weight of 168 pounds was harvested in Fox Township and an adult male with a dressed weight of 225 pounds was harvested in Millstone Township.
Other noteworthy bears brought to the S. B. Elliott check station on Saturday included an adult male harvested in Huston Township, Clearfield County with a live weight of 402 pounds; an adult male harvested in Huston Township, Clearfield County with a dressed weight of 261 pounds; an adult male harvested in Penn Township, Clearfield County with a live weight of 247 pounds; an adult female harvested in Goshen Township, Clearfield County with a dressed weight of 201 pounds; an adult male harvested in Bradford Township, Bradford County with a dressed weight of 285 pounds; an adult male harvested in Huston Township, Clearfield County with a dressed weight of 222 pounds; an adult male harvested in Lawrence Township, Clearfield County with a live weight of 434 pounds; and an adult male harvested in Pine Township, Clearfield County with a dressed weight of 318 pounds.
For more information on this story, see the November 22 edition of The Daily Press.

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