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I. FOSSIL REMAINS.
When the author first visited the searching resort domestic of Seth Iredell Nelson (1809-1905) at around Island, Clinton County, in August, 1899, he spotted a medium-sized set of moose-horns putting at the wall of the nice Nimrod's living-room. Having heard conventional tales of the occasional visual appeal of the Black Moose or unique in Pennsylvania, the concept flashed via his brain, "Those could be the antlers of a Pennsylvania Moose." Upon asking Nelson the place the horns got here from, the very good previous hunter answered that they have been Canadian horns, despatched to him a few years ahead of by means of a celebration who had as soon as hunted with him in Pennsylvania in deer season. "But," additional the previous Nimrod, "there as soon as have been moose in Pennsylvania." requested if he had ever obvious any, he answered that he by no means had, that the final have been long gone lengthy prior to his day, yet that he had killed no less than 500 elk, often referred to as "grey moose" within the Pennsylvania forests. that very same fall, the author heard farmer named John Hennessy, approximately 1850, as close to as may be ascertained, whereas grubbing stumps at the fringe of the Tamarack Swamp in Northern Clinton County, had unearthed a couple of unpolluted having a look moose horns. whilst Samuel N. Rhoads released his nice paintings, "Mammals of Pennsylvania and New Jersey," in 1903, the author discovered little convenience within the assumption that moose had wandered into Pennsylvania in post-Columbian days. this can be what Rhoads has to assert less than identify of "Eastern Moose": "The fossil continues to be of moose were present in Pennsylvania caves. convinced statements of earliest guests suggest that the moose used to be discovered at the west seashores of the Hudson River contrary ny and in Northeastern Pennsylvania. there's a Moosic in Lackawanna County; a Moosehead in Luzerne County, and Chickalacamoose in Clearfield County. In Doughty's 'Cabinet of traditional History,' quantity I, web page 281, a Philadelphia correspondent says that the horns of moose have been present in a salt lick within the Allegheny Mountains, Pennsylvania, close to the hot York country line. these things are the following famous in help of the speculation that the moose in past due pre-Columbian occasions wandered into the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania from its extra favorite haunts within the lake areas of recent York. Miller states 'it as soon as ranged through the kingdom of latest York.' If this is validated by way of background it might be an enticing truth, instantly removal any improbability of its diversity in elements of Northern Pennsylvania, rather to boot suited for its needs." Rhoads additional states that fossil is still of the East American Moose (Alces Americanus Jardine) courting from the Pleistocene interval have been present in the Durham Cave, close to Reigelsville, dollars County, and skeleton of Scott's Fossil Moose (cervalces scotti Lydekker) additionally of the Pleistocene interval have been unearthed from a shell marl underneath a bathroom at Mount Hermon, Warren County, New Jersey. it will likely be the aim of the subsequent pages to recreation to teach that the Black Moose was once found in Pennsylvania as an abnormal migrant or straggler in the final 100 and twenty-five years, mentioning as facts, the writings of trustworthy visitors and historians, and the traditions of previous hunters who have been themselves sons of outdated hunters. that it isn't a case of bewilderment of Nomenclature, for Rhoads states that someplace in Dr. B. S. Barton's writings the gray moose or wapiti is named the "Original," may also be validated, because the out of date hunters have been very jealous and happy with their wisdom of the several forms and species of untamed animals.
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