When six of the eight Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners voted to make dramatic changes to this year's bear seasons, it was hoped that the hunter success of recent years would continue.
Instead, hunters took an unofficial total of 3,039 bears, which, while ranking No. 7 overall, represents the fewest since 2,362 were taking in 2007, and last year's total of 3,512 bears taken was No. 2 to the all-time total of 4,164 taken in 2005. In 2008 3,460 bears were taken and in '06 3,124 bears were taken.