The final statistics are out on last year’s bear hunting season. The results rank as the third highest in the state’s history, at more than 3,600 bears harvested. The record was set in the 2011 season, when hunters took more than 4,300 bears. The 2005 hunting season rank second, with more than 4,100 bears harvested. Bears were harvested in 56 of the state’s 67 counties during the 2012 season, marking a record for number of counties represented. The top five counties were Lycoming, Clinton, Tioga, Potter and Centre. Here are the tallies from counties in our region:
Indiana County: 24 bears harvested
Jefferson County: 51 bears harvested
Clearfield County: 102 bears harvested
Cambria County: 11 bears harvested
Armstrong County: 35 bears harvested
Westmoreland County: 37 bears harvested
More than 40 bears weighing 500 pounds or more were harvested during the 2012 bear season. The largest bears include one taken by an Indiana man, William Rising. Rising harvested a 699 bear in November in McKean County.