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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania Game Commission says at least 666 bears were killed across the state over the weekend.

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The mandated count was brought in early afternoon Sunday after the beginning of the season on Saturday. reports the weather over the weekend favored the animals – resulting in a lower total of bears killed on the first day of the hunting season than in previous years.

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Rain over the weekend reduced visibility for many hunters. Despite these conditions, a 700-pound (317.52-kilogram) bear was killed in Venango County and a 648-pound (293.93-kilogram) bear was killed in Wayne County.

The firearms hunting season for bear continues Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 20-22.

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