The numbers for the 2012 statewide four-day bear hunt are down, according to figures released by the Pennsylvania Game Commission on Thursday.
The 2012 season produced a preliminary harvest of 2,639 bears, according to check station reports.
Last year's four-day bear harvest total was 3,154. In 2010, which offered a three-day season with a Saturday opener, the harvest total was 2,815.
Harvest results from the early bear season, including the statewide archery bear season, won't be available until mid-December. Official total bear harvest results will be available in early 2013, after a detailed review of each harvest report is completed. Preliminary bear harvest totals do change occasionally by a few bears.
The top 10 bears processed at check stations, so far, all had actual or estimated live weights that exceeded 562 pounds. Joseph A. Spano, of East Stroudsburg, has harvested the largest bear so far this season. Taken Nov. 21, in Middle Smithfield Township, Monroe County, the male bear weighed an actual live weight of 709 pounds.
After four days of the four-day season, the top bear harvest county in the state remained Lycoming with 262. The rest of the line-up of the top five counties for bear harvests, so far, are: Clinton, 229; Tioga, 150; Potter 109; and Centre, 98.
Following are totals for regional counties:
Southcentral: Huntingdon, 92; Bedford, 76; Mifflin, 42; Blair, 35; Perry, 29; Juniata, 27; Fulton, 22; Franklin, 14; Snyder, 8; and Adams, 1.
Southeast: Dauphin, 25; Schuylkill, 20; Northampton, 4; Berks, 2; Lebanon, 1; and Lehigh, 1.
Hunters with an unfilled bear license may participate in extended bear seasons that run concurrent with all or portions of the first week of the firearms deer season.