Pennsylvania's black bear hunters scored their second-best-ever harvest this past season.
In all, the state saw a black bear kill of 3,499 bears. The record was set in 2005 with a take of 4,164 bear.
Some of the top counties - and very familiar with many Northeast Ohio sportsmen - included (with 2008 figures in parentheses): Warren - 101 (59), Crawford - 8 (31), Venango - 33 (64), Tioga - 215 (236), Potter - 181 (294), and McKean - 142 (141).
Super kills were recorded in Clinton - 294 (139), and Lycoming - 280 (251).
Some of the biggest, baddest bears were a 655-pound brute taken in Carbon County, a 654-pound male shot also in Carbon County, and a likewise 654-pound bear harvested in Carbon County as well.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn