Caption: Reader John Duda caught this bear on his trail camera in April. This week, hunters in Pennsylvania searched the woods through a four-day bear season that ends today.
A 561-pound bear that Richard B. Kollar, of Shickshinny shot in Ross Twp. was the largest local bear taken through the second day of the season that concludes today.
Through Tuesday, hunters had taken 1,310 bears across the state.
The largest was a 700-pounder that Chad Wagner of Titusville downed in Oil Creek Twp., Venango County.
Bears have been shot 54 counties. The harvest has been heaviest in Tioga County, where 94 have been taken.
Hunters brought home 83 bears in Pike County compared to 42 at the same point last year, and the 21 bears taken in Wyoming County were five more than last year after two days.
Counts were lower through the first two days of this year than last year in Luzerne, Columbia, Lackawanna, Schuylkill and Carbon counties. The totals are as follows for this year with last year’s figures in parentheses: Monroe, 31 (39); Luzerne, 28 (46); Lackawanna, 19 (20); Carbon, 15 (20); Columbia, 6 (16) and Schuylkill, 5 (15.)
The season began Saturday. In selected areas, hunters will have extra days to take bear next week when the rifle deer season starts.