HARRISBURG – The PA Game Commission says 2021 was a good year for bear hunters. They report that hunters took 3,659 bears ranking it as the state’s fifth-best harvest ever and the second-largest recorded since 2011. The statewide regular bear season accounted for the largest part of the 2021 bear harvest. Hunters took 1,315 bears in that four-day hunt. PA hunters recorded their all-time best bear season in 2019, when they harvested 4,653. Emily Carrollo, the Game Commission’s black bear biologist, says PA continues to produce so many bears, year after year, which speaks to the health of the state’s bear population. Bears were taken in 59 of 67 PA counties last year. The largest bear reported is a 722-pound male taken with a shotgun on Dec. 4 in Letterkenny Township, Franklin County.