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2017-02-15 / Outdoor Life

Bear Harvest Down From 2015 Take

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released information on the black bear harvest of 2016. There were 1,539 reported taken — 1,025 in the southern zone and the remainder in the northern zone. The total harvest was down roughly 10 percent from the previous season. The heaviest bear that was reported taken, in the Franklin County town of Brandon, weighed out at 555. In second place, at 540, was a bruin brought down in the Delaware County town of Walton. Overall, seven others raged between 400 and 500 pounds.

Sullivan County had the highest count of reported bear harvests with 177, followed by Delaware County with 149, Ulster County 137, Saint Lawrence County 111, Lewis County 90, and Greene County 76. Among other counties bordering Delaware, Broome had 33, Schoharie 25, and Otsego and Chenango 10 apiece.

The Delaware County town of Hancock was once again the leader in the harvest with 30, a considerable decline from 2015. Second in the area was the Ulster County town of Shandaken at 26. Third was the Delaware County town of Andes with 23. Leading Sullivan County towns were Tusten with 22 and Mamakating with 21.

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