There were 12 bears harvested in Butler County during Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission says that’s an increase from last year when 8 bears were harvested in Butler, but numbers statewide are down this year. The 2017 statewide season harvest decreased about 30 percent with 1,796 bears harvested. Officials say heavy rain on the season’s opening day led to the harvest decline.
Archery and other early-bear season harvest data is not yet included in these numbers.