LAWRENCE TWP. â€“Â Numbers were down at the Lawrence Township Fire Hall bear check station this weekend compared to in past years when the check station was operated at S.B. Elliott State Park. The check station was relocated to the fire hall, which is located in Clearfield County, this year. In 2010, a total of 101 bears were processed at the station after being harvested on opening day; however, this year only 64 bears were brought to the site on Saturday, followed by three more on Sunday.
LAWRENCE TWP. â€“Â With this year's statewide bear season under way, Pennsylvania Game Commission employees at area bear check stations are examining harvested bears for signs of mange, a skin disease caused by mites.
"Mange is the disease of greatest concern right now," said Matt Lovallo, Pennsylvania Game Commission Game Mammal Section supervisor, on Saturday afternoon at the check station in Lawrence Township, Clearfield County.
Lovallo noted that mange is not typically seen statewide, and instead is primarily affecting bears in the Northcentral and Southwest regions.
MT. JEWETT â€“Â If the number of bears processed over the weekend at the bear check station located at the Mt. Jewett Fire Hall in McKean County is any indication, hunters are meeting with quite a bit of success in their quest to bag a bruin this year.