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and provided a fantastic place for elk grazing. For the first time since their introduction, the elk were not hanging in downtown Benezette, making a nuisance of themselves in peoples’ yards, but were behaving like “wild” animals. A herd up to 200 strong could be observed for months on this knoll. We gaze into the Porcupine Hollow and the deeper gash of Bennett’s Run to the south, both tributaries emptying into the Susquehanna River and eventually the Chesapeake Bay. The effort to restore clean water up here in these headwaters benefits millions downstream. As soon as we skirt around the locked gate and begin our walk, I notice orange water seeping out of the ground where the Porcupine headwaters are located — acid mine drainage. Most of the water pollution

and acid mine problems started way earlier than the strip mining era, John Dzemyan, PGC land management group supervisor, tells me, and dates back to the early 1900s. By 1910 the Dents Run and Bennett’s Branch were already severely polluted by underground mines called “drift mines.” Many were small companies’ mines and probably even some family owned mines. It is these extensive underground mines that are still causing the main sources of water pollution, and many of the records of them are incomplete. Seven mine drainage sites have been identified in the Porcupine drainage, and one is a deep mine. Back in the 1930s, some of the mines were sealed off, but the effort was not successful. The polluted water builds up and just comes out in another location. Although it looks bad, WCO Doty McDowell says the pH level has been increased enough to support life. The success story is evident up the trail a short ways. Some of the food plots in the area are 10 to12 years old, others only two. As a retired Game Lands maintenance supervisor, Bill May is the perfect person to hike with, as he can look at the land and explain what we are seeing, because one of his jobs was building food plots. There is an interesting water treatment “plant” to our left that helps to clean up Porcupine Creek. It consists of a silo full of lime and a system of water powered dumping buckets. The water is mixed with hydrated lime to raise its pH levels from 2.9 up to a level that will allow the stream to support life farther down. The iron and other metals drop out and settle out of the acid water
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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
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Young Gun 2
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Pennsylvania’s “Wildest” Places
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 16
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
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - You Never Know
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Just Gittin’ Started
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 37
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 40
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 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Cover3
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