Game Commission posts bear age data on its website
Harrisburg — Hunters interested in learning the age of the bear
they harvested during the 2009 seasons can log onto the
Pennsylvania Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us).
To access the database, click on “Hunt/Trap” in the menu bar at
the top of the page, click on “Hunting,” scroll down and click on
“Black Bear” in the “Big Game” listing, and then scroll down and
click on “Black Bear Age Data” in the “Reference” listing.
“As a cost-cutting measure, the Game Commission no longer mails
a certificate and letter to successful bear hunters notifying them
of their bear’s age,” said Carl G. Roe, agency executive
“To maintain this valued customer service, however, we provide
hunters with a certificate at the check station when their bear is
processed, and information about how and when they can find the age
data, which is determined by examining a tooth from the bear that
is extracted as part of the check station processing, on our
Ages are available only for bears from which a tooth was pulled.
To access the data and learn the age of their bear, a hunter will
need to have their legal seal number from the check station
certificate. If the hunter no longer has the seal number, age data
also is provided in charts broken down by county of harvest.
In 2009, of the nearly 148,000 licensed bear hunters, 3,512
bears were harvested and taken to check stations, which is the
second highest harvest recorded in Pennsylvania. The record bear
harvest of 4,164 was set in 2005.
Instructions on the back of the certificates distributed at
check stations to access this data on the agency’s website
presently is incorrect. The certificates issued in 2009 were
printed and distributed prior to the agency’s transition to a new
website format, which has significantly changed the navigation
features of the new website.