2018-04-14 / Outdoors

Final bear kill numbers released; 161 in Potter, 52 in Cameron

Bear season was better than ex­pected throughout much of the re­gion last fall, despite a rainy season opening day, when the majority of bruins are traditionally killed.

There were 161 bears killed in Potter County during the Nov. 18- 22 rifle season, as well as the sepa­rate archery hunt and extended sea­son, up from the previous season’s 149. It was high enough to rank fourth in the state behind Lycoming (252), Tioga (214) and Pike (193).

Cameron County hunters shot 52 bears, down from the 79 reported in 2016.

Statewide, the bear kill during ri­fle season was reported at 3,428, up by nearly one-third from the 2016 figure of 2,579.

Heaviest bruin, a male estimated at 700 pounds, was taken in Venan­go County. Two of the other large bears came from Potter County: a 609-pound male taken in Abbott Township by Michael R. Neimeyer of Spring City; and a 576-pound male shot in Homer Township by Kirby R. Kornhaus of Jonestown.

Prior to the start of the 2017 hunting seasons, the statewide bear population was estimated at 20,000. Due to the lower-than-expected har­vest, the Pa. Game Commission ex­pects hunters’ prospects in the 2018 seasons to be excellent.

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