Black bears: Pennsylvania’s majestic animal

I’ve had a fascination with bears for some time. Amazing animals if you ask me.

Some can grow very large in Pennsylvania, but can run upwards of 25 miles per hour, can climb way up a tree, swim across a lake or river, and sometimes act like they don’t have a care in the world. They flip fallen logs and big rocks like we kick a rock down the sidewalk.

When they’re born, a bear can fit in the palm of your hand and weigh less than a pound. Oh yeah, they are born in the dead of winter in a den.

So when I see a bear, I have tons of respect for them. I’ve watched them walk over saplings to eat the leaves, and I’ve had them follow my footsteps to my treestand.

My trail cameras have captured some large bears over the years, one guesstimate of 600 or more pounds by a park ranger. I’ve seen plenty on camera in the 400-plus range, which is plenty big to get my attention.

I’ve never shot a bear, although I’ve hunted for them several times. Actually, I’ve never even seen a bear during the hunting season here in Pennsylvania. In 2014, I saw three the week prior to the archery bear season.

If you are lucky enough to see a bear, count your lucky stars and enjoy the sight. They are truly one of Pennsylvania’s majestic animals.



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