Wildlife Common to Northwestern Pennsylvania
Our cabins are located among the largest stand of virgin timber on the entire east coast. We also adjoin Clear Creek State Park and are surrounded by the extensive Allegheny National Forest. These PA forests provide ample food and nutrition for many species of our wildlife. Most notably, whitetail deer and the American black bear are frequently spotted around our cabins.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission establishes the laws pertaining to hunting, trapping and observing game at night (spotting/spotlighting). Please abide by these laws while visiting Pennsylvania Game Lands and State Parks.
Inhabitants of Our Forest
- Whitetail Deer
- Squirrels - gray, black, and red
- Black bears
- Foxes – red & gray
- Black Bears
- Bald Eagles
- Ruffled Grouse
- Ringneck Pheasants
Black Bear Facts
The black bear populations in Pennsylvania have been increasing for years. We have the third largest number of black bears in the country, trailing only the states of Alaska and Washington.
White-tailed Deer Facts
Pennsylvania has more white-tails than all other states except Texas and Michigan. White-tailed deer are also considered the most challenging deer species to hunt in the world. Want to see some large Whitetail deer bucks up close and personal? Check out the nearby Double Diamond Deer Ranch (link)
Pennsylvania now boasts one of the largest Elk herds east of the Mississippi River. You can view them by driving to Benezette, about a one hour drive.
Cook Forest Area Wildlife Photo Gallery