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Bear tally pacing higher than during last year's Pa. hunting season

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 27, 2015 2:56 AM
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Garry Miller with his 652 pound prize, shot on the first day of archery season, Nov. 16.(Photo: Submitted -- Courtesy of the Chambersburg Public Opinion)

(Harrisburg) -- Hunters have killed 223 bears during the third day of Pennsylvania's statewide bear season, raising the three-day total to nearly 2,500. 

That's almost a nine percent increase over the number of bears taken during the first three days of last year's season. 

The figures come from preliminary data released by the state Game Commission.

With one day remaining, bears have been harvested in 54 of 67 counties. 

The heaviest bears taken so far weighed 713 pounds each. One was killed in Granville Township in Mifflin County, the other in Blair Township in Blair County. 

Hunters harvested 3,366 bears during the 2014 season. 

The state's largest bear harvest happened in 2011, when 4,350 bears were taken.

Three-day harvests by county and region are:

Northwest (402): Warren, 116 (87); Forest, 70 (37); Venango, 69 (55); Clarion, 58 (48); Jefferson, 52 (48); Butler, 16 (19); Crawford, 11 (21); Mercer, 6 (4); and Erie, 4 (13).

Southwest (204): Somerset, 61 (77); Fayette, 44 (78); Armstrong, 36 (30); Cambria, 24 (11); Indiana, 19 (17); Westmoreland, 19 (20); and Allegheny, 1 (0).

Northcentral (1,070): Lycoming, 222 (201); Clinton, 202 (142); Tioga, 118 (176); Centre, 104 (84); Clearfield, 103 (64); McKean, 84 (76); Cameron, 73 (70); Elk, 70 (72); Potter, 69 (102); and Union, 25 (29).

Southcentral (291): Huntingdon, 82 (62); Bedford, 57 (54); Fulton, 34 (21); Blair, 27 (32); Juniata, 20 (14); Franklin, 18 (11); Mifflin, 18 (29); Perry, 17 (35); Snyder, 14 (9); and Cumberland, 4 (3).

Northeast (472): Pike, 107 (77); Luzerne, 60 (43); Monroe, 57 (37); Bradford, 47 (53); Wayne, 44 (31); Sullivan, 37 (47); Carbon, 27 (25); Wyoming, 26 (25); Susquehanna, 23 (31); Lackawanna, 21 (12); Columbia, 19 (8); Northumberland, 3 (2); and Montour, 1 (0).

Southeast (48): Dauphin, 22 (16); Schuylkill, 20 (25); Lebanon, 3 (1); Lehigh, 2 (1); Berks 1 (3); and Northampton, 0 (1).

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