COUDERSPORT — After bagging three other bears between Alaska and Canada, Dave Frankenstein, of Evan City, brought his first Pennsylvania bear to the bear check station at the Coudersport Fire Department on Monday.
The female ursus americanus weighed in at 125 pounds. Frankenstein, whose camp is in Keating Summit, made the hunt in Portage and said he plans to butcher the bear and make his fourth bearskin rug.
Nate Worthington, wildlife habitat manager with the Pennsylvania Gaming Commission, said there is at least one bear check station per county, where hunters can bring their harvested game and have the animals weighed. A tooth is also pulled and sent for testing to determine the bear’s age. Worthington said the findings are published online by the start of the next bear hunting season. Hunters are given the website address to obtain that information, along with certificates documenting the bear’s weight and on which the hunters can record the bear’s age.
In addition to PGC staff, Pennsylvania State University students have been present during the 2019 bear hunting season at bear check stations throughout the state. J. Lohsandt, Jenna Hyde and Emily Byron were at the Coudersport location Monday. The PSU Veterinary Entomology Laboratory is conducting a mange and tick study, during which they take skin and blood samples, skin scrapes and ticks to study the correlation between ticks, mange, the animal’s health and the specific geographical area in which the animal hunted.