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Wild Elk of Route 6 Country

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Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2009 15:51 Written by James Monday, 16 February 2009 20:52


Last Fall a man walked into a store in Tioga County Pa, stepped up to the store clerk and said, “I’m looking for Elk”. Confused, the clerk asked what sort of Elk.

“The Pennsylvania Elk herd” he announced, pointing at a folded brochure. This was not the first person to stop in town looking for the wild herd of large animals. So the store owner told the visitor how to find the herd, about two hours West of Tioga County.

Did you know that the largest herd of Elk East of the Mississippi River, is found here in Pennsylvania?
As a matter of fact the. State was once the home of large herds of roaming elk. But man’s move westward and the growth of the timber & farming in the new world changed that. Until 1913 when elk were brought back form the west to ten counties of Pennsylvania. But not all the elk took root. St. Mary’s is a very good area to see The wild Elk. Viewing areas have been created, but yuo could see them in the yards and along the roads. Some people have lawns and grasses The big elk can not resist. It is for this reason that you should keep an eye out for cars along the highway. But please remember the local population wile Elk Watching.
Our own James here at Route 6 Radio said, "The first time I saw these giant Elk, I was not looking for them. I was driving out to look at a tractor I wished to buy. Turning around, I was shocked to see 2 giant Bull Elk, resting right behind me. Being so intrested in my dirrections I had not seen them.
They did not seem to mind me as I took pictures of them. I already had a camera in my hand to take photos of the tractor."
You can find one of the viewing areas for a better look at the Elk. Be on site at sunrise when they rise from there beds. they wild stay close the area, but wonder out to yards and trails close by. Some would say the best time of year to see the Elk is Sep/Oct But Elk give birth in Spring. Seeing a young elk or Calf is just as impressive as the agressive rut season. Check back to this page for more info on the wild Elk of Pennsylvania..

 

mountain Lions

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2009 16:51 Written by James Saturday, 14 February 2009 06:41

Pennsylvania is a wonderful place to relax. Mountains and valleys that just go on and on for miles. With all that space, some people find it conceivable that large cats prowl those forests.
After all Scotland has a monster, and Champ lives in lake Champlain. Area 51 may host UFO’s in New Mexico. Rummors of mind numb beings have been seen in DC. Bigfoot wonders all over and who knows what other boogeymen go bump in the night. But unlike large harry figures and little green men. Mountain lions are real and are a common site in North America. The one detail that remains to be seen is the evidence of a mountain lion. Scat, tracks or even a carcase has not been produced. Apparently because the decedents of the Nitty Lions are so rare the locals are scarfing up all the proof.

Many locals think that you’ll see Jo-Pah retire before you see a real Pa Panther, but there are others in Route 6 Country who take offence when anyone has suspicion about a cat tail. A dear friend clams to have seen a large cat in a hay field as she worked. Alone and raking hay, she said that the cat perched in a tree, watching her. But when she returned with her husband to show him the large animal, it was gone. Not wanting to look like a fool, I chucked at what I thought was a silly story. But she stormed out of the room angry that no one would listen to her experience. Sure, when the town drunkard tells you a whooper, well...you take it for it’s value, but when an educated business woman, PHD and mother of 3 tells you she saw a big cat.........well?

Stories have been presented, tapes have been turned over to the Game Wardens. However they turn out to be house cats, foxes or Bobcats. AT this point, I’m not going to toss my hat to either side of the pen. But I will say that if you want to know more about the mountain lions of Pennsylvania, stop back in soon and see what we found.

Got a Mountain Lion picture from PA? Send it to us and we may post it here.

 

waterfowel

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Written by James Saturday, 14 February 2009 04:29

Waterfowl are common in Pennsylvania. So is it any wonder why john James Audubon Made the key stone state his home. The term Fowl would refer to birds commonly used by man, the kind of way that Ducks, Geese and Swans have become so . But in kind, the term also refers to the shore birds, swimmers and waders found in and around our waterways.

So many bodies of water can be found with in our parks and rec areas you can be sure to find a few feathered creatures splashing about or passing by, Stopping in to enjoy our mild warm season, and then traveling South during our colder months. Geese often stop here in Route 6 Country to enjoy the large amounts of farm land and variable habitat. Sportsmen and Bird watchers alike can take advantage of this by hiding away in a blind were geese feed. But that is not your only option. Many of our state parks provide a fine place to find and observe Geese and ducks alike.

But water birds are not limited to the only Ducks and geese on our lakes and parks. The heron is a more common site in Route 6 Country as well. This long legged hunter stalks along the waters edge. Looking below the water for a fish or frog to snatch up in a long beak. Some could sit and watch this bird as he watches the water. But he is not limited strictly to a swimming diet, but can also be seen in the fields and grass lands hunting rodents.

Water birds in pa are numerous. You can see them all along route 6 country.

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