Pennsylvania hunters shot 1,320 black bears on Saturday, the first day of the statewide bear season resulted, according to preliminary totals released today by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
The top 10 bears processed at check stations by Monday were either estimated or confirmed to have live weights of 555 pounds or more.
The largest of those bears, a male estimated at 632 pounds, was taken in East Providence Township, Bedford County.
Archery and other early bear season harvest data was not yet available, the Game Commission said.
Hunters last year took 1,530 bears on the first day and 3,632 bears during the season, the third-largest harvest in state history.
The largest harvest – 4,350 bears – happened in 2011, when preliminary first-day totals numbered 1,936, according to the Game Commission.