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features. Place-names tell us that, like the bison, elk made a deeper impression than deer in early America. But just as it would today, an unusual deer attracted attention, which is apparent now in Lycoming and Union counties. The crest of South White Deer Ridge forms the border between the counties whose nearby environs feature a creek, a village, a township, an historic iron furnace and two mountains; all dubbed “White Deer.” Either several settlers encountered white deer over the years or a regional affiliation with the original sighting spread for miles. Mountain lions, too, left their mark on Pennsylvania’s map but by other, older appellations. The big cat goes by many monikers across the western hemisphere but colonial Pennsylvanians clearly preferred “Painter.” The community of Painter Run in Tioga County and a knob in Westmoreland County called Painter Rock Hill undoubtedly recall meetings with lions. Painters Crossroads in Delaware County, Paintersville in Mifflin County and Paintertown in Westmoreland may do so or, less inspiringly, they may point to a townsman who toiled in the painter’s trade. “Panther” is less common, but the village of Panther in Pike County and Panther Hollow, a park within the city limits of present-day Pittsburgh, leave no doubt. Someone killed, met or heard a panther at both locations,
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long ago. Eagles earned names for nine state communities but hawks only one — Hawk Run in Clearfield County. Birds of prey most often inspired names for ridges and mountains, such as Hawk Mountain and Bald Eagle Ridge. From such crests, early adventurers may have seen raptors soaring at eye-level and been moved to so name the heights. The rarity of “Wolf” among the names of Pennsylvania’s populated places is, on the surface, surprising. Only Wolf Township in Lycoming County and Wolf Creek Township in Mercer seem indisputably named for the predatory canid, although Wolfs Corners, Wolfs Crossroads, Wolfs Store and Wolfsburg may be. The pairing of “Wolfs” with elements of frontier infrastructure — Corners, Crossroads, Store — indicate these places might also have been home to early settlers with the surname “Wolf.” The scarcity of “Wolf” names for villages may be rooted even deeper into the past. Early settlers, especially Pennsylvania-Germans, may have shunned the name “Wolf” in civilized settings, because they were familiar with wolf lore in Europe and carried ancient superstitions with them to America. Their loathing of wolves may have symbolically assigned wolves only to wild uninhabited backcountry. Wolves likely preferred that arrangement, too, and, fittingly, although few towns bear the name, “Wolf” still graces many rocks, ridges and runs in
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012
History of the Whitetail
Contents
Decisions, Decisions
Hiking the Elk Range
Young Gun 2
Pennsylvania’s “Wildest” Places
Out of the Fog
Looking Forward To
European Skull Mounts
You Never Know
Just Gittin’ Started
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Decisions, Decisions
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Hiking the Elk Range
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Young Gun 2
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Pennsylvania’s “Wildest” Places
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Out of the Fog
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Looking Forward To
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - European Skull Mounts
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - You Never Know
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Just Gittin’ Started
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Crossings
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