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Somerset County: 'Banner year for black bear'

Updated: January 20, 2006, 3:03 PM ET
By Freddie McKnight | Fishing and Hunting News

SOMERSET, Pa. — Bear harvests have dropped the past three seasons in Pennsylvania's Somerset County, but local wildlife conservation officers report numerous damage complaints from farmers this summer and are looking forward to a good hunting season.

"If the weather cooperates, it should be a banner year for black bears," said Somerset County WCO Travis Anderson.

His statement is echoed by fellow WCO Brian Witherrite, who covers the other half of the county.

"Bears are ...

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