Bear Harvest Results
Inside the Outdoors, December 15,
2017

Before I talk about our main topic today, I got wind of a story approximately two weeks ago concerning a woman who had been weeding her garden and got bittenby a copperhead.

As the story went, from what information I gathered, she raced into her house with the snake dangling from her hand and foind a stick and beat the snake to death with three blow.

She then was able to remove the fang from her hand. The unnamed victim stated that the pain was horrendous. After removing the fang, she wrapped her hand in a towel and sped to a local hospital.

Thinking she would get immediate treatment, she rushed to the emergency room only to be told they would have to transport her by life flight to a Pittssburgh hospital or go by ambulance. She chose the latter.

She returned the next day to work her shift at her place of employment.

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I’m sure many people will be happy to learn that beginning Dec. 17, 2016 through Jan. 14, 2017, Westmoreland County Parks will open to hunters, Canadian Goose season on a limited basis.

The county has participated in sceule control programs for the past few years and recognizes that hunting still remains the most effective and efficient to manage the resident goose population at the area lakes.

The County also participates in the US Fish and Wildlife Services “Geese Peace” program to further control the geese population in the County parks.

The following lakes include:
Twin Lakes Parks Park, Greensburg, dawn to 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays only;
Mammoth Park, Mt. Pleasant, dawn till 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays only;
Northmoreland Lake, Apollo, dawn till 9 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays only
Chestnut Ridge Park, Acme, there are do day restrictions for hunting; and
Bridgeport Dam Park, Mt. Pleasant, dawn till dusk, there are no day restrictions for hunting.

According to the Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation (WCPR), “All birds must be retrieved. Retriever dogs can be used at any of the parks where hunting is permitted. Dogs must be kep on a leashed when not retrieving. Kayaks and canoes at Mammoth, Northmoreland, Chestnut Ridge and Bridgeport Dam Parks. Rowboats and electric motors are permitted at Chestnut Ridge and Bridgeport Dam Parks. All Park rules must be followed.”

Check the WCPR for a complete set of rules at www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/park.

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Pennsylvania’s first day bear season harvest resulted in the taking o 1,297 black bears according to preliminary totals recently so stated the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC).

So far, bears have been harvested in 51 counties. The top ten bears processed confirmed to have live weights at 550 pounds or more. The largest was taken in Monroe County weighed an estimated 700 pounds. A 642-pounder was harvested in Wayne County and one of twenty-two pounds less was taken in Pike County.

Seven large bears averaged between 621 and 558-pounds.

The PGC said the first day preliminary harvest is a decrease compared to 1.508 bears taken during the 2015 opener. Hunters in 2014 harvested 1,623 bears on opening day.


- Paul J. Volkmann
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