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PASSENGER PIGEONS found sanctuary
in the forested areas of the Pymatuning
Swamp for centuries.

also are believed to have taken up
residence in the Shenango Valley after the Mound Builders. In
later pre-European colonial days,
the great swamps were central in
the lives of both the Iroquois and
Delaware (Lenape) tribes that
inhabited the lands south of Lake
Erie. The swamps were invaluable
for foraging, fishing, hunting and
had fertile soil for planting maize,
beans and squash.
Pymatuning’s overseer at the
time of European settlement was
a Delaware chief named Pihmtomink. Translated, it means
the “the crooked-mouthed man’s
dwelling place.” Some historical
records suggest Pihmtomink actually had a “crooked mouth” caused
by a jaw deformity. Others suggest
he — or possibly another chief —
wasn’t known for his honestly.
Centuries later, it matters little
whether the name was literally or
metaphorically correct. Pymatun6	

ing is known for what it is, not who
Pihmtomink was.
The Pymatuning region’s Native
American occupancy also is sketchy.
The Delaware — continually pushed
west by European colonization — supposedly inhabited Pymatuning/Conneaut Marsh when trappers and missionaries began to wade into its vastness. But the Seneca — of Iroquois
Six Nations fame — would eventually
unseat “The People” and their chief Pihmtomink from Crawford County. The
Seneca reportedly named the swamp
Pymatuning after Pihmtomink; it appears to be a somewhat deficit reach in
vocabulary, or as one researcher called
it “a perversion” of the Delaware language. But the name Pymatuning has
endured centuries and no one seems to
be asking for Pihmtomink. The Seneca
used Pymatuning — a substantial portion of which was boreal swamp — as
hunting grounds, but did not settle in
it. The second Treaty of Greenville
forced them out of western Pennsylvania and most of Ohio. Europeans began
to farm the Great Swamps region in
the very late 1700s and early 1800s.
But their efforts to clear and cultivate
the wet lands were fraught with hardship, frustration and no guarantees of
satisfaction or success.
With time, the pioneering farmers found ways to manipulate swamp
waters, drain wet fields, and plant
crops — like onions — that would
grow in the mosquito-infested lands.
Raising livestock came with risks. If
farm animals wandered too far, predators, the dense vegetation or the area’s
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013

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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013
Contents
Another Doorstep
Whitetail Predation
Pymatuning and Conneaut
Grinnin’ a Gobbler
Want to Be a Successful Turkey Hunter?
One for Officer Grove
Pennsylvania Otters — A Success Story
Kestrel Numbers Climb at SGL 205
From the Field
Field Notes
Conservation News
Making a Difference
What Should I Be Doing This Month?
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Another Doorstep
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Whitetail Predation
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Pymatuning and Conneaut
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Grinnin’ a Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Want to Be a Successful Turkey Hunter?
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - One for Officer Grove
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Pennsylvania Otters — A Success Story
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Kestrel Numbers Climb at SGL 205
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - From the Field
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 32
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 42
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Making a Difference
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - What Should I Be Doing This Month?
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 60
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Crossings
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