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ZOMBIE BEAR APOCALYPSE? The state's vigilance prevents it

Two years ago, I saw a Pennsylvania Black Bear with the mange. The sight was horrifying. The poor creature looked like a zombie from “The Walking Dead.''

It had hardly any hair – large portions of its coat were bare patches of skin. I never forgot that bear and wondered how it got the mange – and how contagious mange is to humans and other animals.bearwithofficerpic9 24 14

Just last week, while heading to our camp in Lycoming County, those questions were answered.

I got to witness the efforts of the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to curtail and control mange in bears. Parked along a state forest road were PGC and DCNR vehicles. A group of bystanders were all huddled at the rear of a cabin. My curiosity got the best of me and I pulled over to see what was going on.

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Archery: 1st Place Buck $125
Rifle: 1st Place Buck $125
Junior: 1st Place Buck $50 





To enter, bring your buck to the Press And Journal office, 20 S. Union St., Middletown, to be measured and photographed. 
Call 717-944-4628 to schedule an appointment. 
The score is determined by adding the total number of points (one inch or longer) and widths in inches, at the widest part. (Ties will be broken by measurement from base of skull to highest point.) The deer must be legally taken during the 2014 Archery or Rifle season in Pennsylvania. Current PA hunting license and tag must accompany entry. Buck must be brought in by person whose name appears on tag. All measurements and decisions regarding the judging will be final.
The Press And Journal reserves the right to publish or reject any photos. Contest ends December 15, 2014 at 3 p.m. 
A $5 cash entry fee will be collected.



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Include hunter's name, date and county where buck was harvested. 

Photos and winners will be published in the December 24th edition of the 

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