USP BEAR LETTER TO THE COMMISSIONERS
By Pete Kingsley

I HAVE SOME SERIOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PRESENT AND THE PAST THREE YEARS OF THE HUNTING OF BEARS IN PA.
START WITH A LITTLE HISTORY OF MY PERSONAL PAST HUNTING SEASONS. I HAVE BEEN HUNTING WITH A BEAR HUNTING CREW [DRIVING FOR BEAR] IN MANAGEMENT 2G SINCE THE 1970s AFTER THE FIRST BEAR BIOLOGIST JOHN EVELAND CLOSED BEAR HUNTING FOR 2 YEARS. JOHN CLOSED THE BEAR SEASON BECAUSE THE HABITAT COULD HANDLE MORE BEARS AND GIVE THE HUNTER A BETTER OPPORTUNITY TO HARVEST A BEAR. AFTER THE 2 YEAR CLOSING OF BEAR SEASON THE BEAR HUNTING SEASON WAS OPEN THE FIRST YEAR FOR ONE DAY, THEN FOR 2 DAYS, THEN FOR 3 YEARS WHERE IT REMAINED FOR YEARS.
THEN CAME ALONG THE NEW BEAR BIOLOGIST THE FAMOUS GARY ALT. GARY TRANSFERRED MANY BEARS TO OTHER AREAS IN THE STATE. [SOME GOOD AND SOME NOT SO GOOD] AS YEARS PASSED AND PEOPLE MOVED INTO AREAS THAT HAD BEAR, CAME THE COMPLAINTS. THE PGC DECIDES TO OPEN MOST OF THE STATE TO MUCH LONGER SEASONS WITH CROSSBOWS [JUST ANOTHER GUN, MOST BEARS ARE KILLED WITHIN 40 YARDS OF THE HUNTER], MUZZLELOADERS, AND REGULAR BOW IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, WHEN THE PREGNANT SOWS ARE STILL OUT [NOT HIBERNATING] AND THE KILL BECOMES MUCH HIGHER.
FOR EXAMPLE; 4000 BEARS ARE KILLED EACH YEAR, SAY HALF THE HARVEST IS 2000 SOWS, X THE AVERAGE SOW CARRIES 3 CUBS THAT IS KILLED, THAT EQUALS TO 8000 BEARS WE JUST KILLED [SOW PLUS 3 CUBS] PER YEAR. NO WONDER THE BEAR KILL IS DOWN!!
WHY MOST OF THE STATE?? WHY MANAGEMENT 2G?? HOW MANY BEAR COMPLAINTS DID YOU HAVE IN 2G?? WHAT KIND OF MANAGEMENT OF THE RESOURCE IS THIS?? THE 3 DAY BEAR SEASON WAS THE BIGGEST INCOME FOR MANY HUNTING CLUBS, MOTELS, RESTAURANTS, MOM AND POP STORES, ETC, IN THE BIG WOODS COUNTRY, PGC. RUINED THE BIG INCOME IN DEER SEASON, NOW THE PGC. WILL OR HAS STARTED THE SAME FOR BEAR SEASON!!
PLEASE START LISTENING TO THE HUNTERS OF PENNSYLVANIA, WHILE YOU STILL HAVE SOME LEFT