Two bears weighing more than 600 pounds were taken by hunters during the third day of Pennsylvania's bear harvest.

A total of 1,498 bears have been harvested in 52 counties so far. In the 2018 general season, 1,833 bears were taken.

A 743-pound bear taken Tuesday morning with a rifle in Greene Township, Pike County, by Matthew J. Erdie Jr., of Nazareth, ranks as the third-heaviest bear taken across all 2019 bear seasons.

A 661-pound bear harvested Monday morning with a rifle in Lake Township, Wayne County, by Michael A. Biduck II, of West Abington, was the fifth-heaviest bear taken this season.

The largest bear taken in 2019 is an 813-pound male taken with a rifle on the opening day of the general season in Smithfield Township, Monroe County, by Victor M. Vassalluzzo, of Kintnersville.

Statewide, the most bears - a total of 113 - have been taken in Lycoming County. Tioga County followed with 107 bears.

Here's a look at the number of bears taken during the three-day harvest by county in northwestern Pennsylvania:

  • Warren: 61 (52 in 2018)
  • Clarion: 35 (37 in 2018)
  • Venango: 30 (68 in 2018)
  • Forest: 26 (52 in 2018)
  • Jefferson: 25 (64 in 2018)
  • Butler: 20 (17 in 2018)
  • Crawford: 19 (49 in 2018)
  • Mercer: 4 (12 in 2018)
  • Erie: 1 (15 in 2018)