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out-of-the-way haunts all across the state. Despite their range and numbers today, no place in Pennsylvania is named for the coyote. A Spanish word, “Coyote” would not yet have been familiar on the Appalachian frontier. Some biologists argue that coyotes were here all along but settlers had no name for the smaller animal because they made no distinction between coyotes and true wolves. “Fox,” however, found its way onto the map often, with nine references among populated places and many more affixed to natural features. “Bear” is common enough that it spawned variations, perhaps to avoid confusion. “Bruin” in Butler County is named for bears, as is “Ursina” in Somerset County, derived for the Latin “Ursa,” meaning bear. Modern anglers, hunters and hikers know the names Bear Creek, Bear Run, Bear Mountain and Bear Hollow duplicated in many places. The modernday communities of Bear Rocks, Bear Valley, Bear Gap, Bear Lake and Bear Swamp also owe their names to ursine origin. Game birds such as quail, partridge and grouse were always popular for food and sport but, like pigeons, they prompted few place-names. Wild turkeys, though, must have commanded more attention. Four towns are named for turkeys and another, Confluence in Somerset County, where the convergence of the Youghiogheny River, Casselman River and Laurel Hill Creek resemble a “Turkeyfoot,” nearly was. Many places are named, not for a creature itself, but for how a place was
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used in relation to wildlife. “Fishpot Run” in Washington County conveys a clear image of Indians or settlers trapping fish, perhaps spawning suckers or freshwater drum. “Coon Hunter,” along the northern flank of Shade Mountain in Snyder County tells of some long-gone resident’s pastime or occupation. And centuries after some settler toted a bucket to fetch water, we can still sense her dread in “Snakespring” (Snakespring Township, Bedford County). It would be naïve to discount the power of frontier finance in wildlife placenames. “Beaver” is so commonplace, particularly in western Pennsylvania, that it now scarcely evokes the furred creature that stirred so much exploration, conquest, commerce and war. Fifteen communities, a county and four townships in Clarion, Columbia, Crawford and Snyder counties are named for beaver, plus dozens of meadows, creeks, rivers, valleys and swamps. Beaver, in part, lured the French to the Ohio headwaters where they clashed in the 1750s with Britain for North American dominance. The fur trade cemented alliances with various tribes and brought cash to backwoods cabins. The big rodent, however, may not be the direct catalyst for all “Beaver” labels. In his exhaustive work, “Pennsylvania Place Names,” (The Pennsylvania State College. 1925) Professor Abraham
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Decisions, Decisions
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Hiking the Elk Range
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Young Gun 2
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Pennsylvania’s “Wildest” Places
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Out of the Fog
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Looking Forward To
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - European Skull Mounts
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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 - Crossings
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