Another year, second largest bear kill in PA. for 2011, with the top 10 in weight. The top 10 bears processed at check stations, so far, all had estimated live weights that exceeded 629 pounds. Jonathan E. Byler, of Ulysses, harvested the largest bear, which was a male that weighed in at 746 pounds (estimated live weight). The bear was taken in Ulysses Township, Potter County, at 1:45 p.m. on Nov. 19. Other large bears (all estimated live weights) included: a 734-pound male, taken by Steven Camasta, of Lakeview, in Salem Township, Wayne County, on Nov. 19; a 733-pound male, taken by John J. Hennick, of Cambria, in Bell Township, Clearfield County, on Nov. 19; a 729-pound male, taken by William Simpson, of East Brady Township, in Highland Township, Elk County on Nov. 21; a 714-pound male, taken by Timothy Kiser, of Karns City, in Bradys Bend Township, Armstrong County on Nov. 19; a 706-pound male, taken by Paul Hoyt, of Levittown, in Lehigh Township, Wayne County on Nov. 19; a 678-pound male, taken by Matthew Romano, of Conshohocken, in Fox Township, Sullivan County, on Nov. 19; a 677-pound male, taken by Todd Dwyer of Dallas, in Davidson Township, Sullivan County, on Nov. 22; a 675-pound male, taken by Sheldon Weyant of Penn, in Porter Township, Jefferson County on Nov. 21; and a 660-pound male, taken by Dale Kobal, of Warrior Run Township, in Nanticoke, Luzerne County on Nov. 21.
The preliminary three-day bear harvest by Wildlife Management Unit was as follows: WMU 1A, 12; WMU 1B, 51; WMA 2A, 2; WMA 2B, 1; WMU 2C, 186; WMU 2D, 134; WMU 2E, 60; WMU 2F, 305; WMU 2G, 953; WMU 3A, 295; WMU 3B, 320; WMU 3C, 92; WMU 3D, 222; WMU 4A, 69; WMU 4B, 57; WMU 4C, 71; WMU 4D, 157; WMU 4E, 34; WMA 5A, 1; and WMU 5B, 1.
This year, there were fewer hunting accidents happening due to the blaze orange that must be worn and the use of fall protection when using ladder stands or portable climbers. There was an increase in the number of bear taken with compound bow or crossbow this year. Wildlife officials say hunters took 257 bears during the five-day archery season and 3,154 taken in the four-day firearm season. An additional 557 were taken during the extended bear season during the first week of deer season.