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This is a list of U.S. counties named after animals, either directly or indirectly.
- Antelope County, Nebraska: Antelope is named for the pronghorn antelope in the area.
- Bear Lake County, Idaho: Bear Lake is named after Bear Lake.
- Beaver County, Oklahoma: Beaver is named for its county seat of Beaver, Oklahoma and the Beaver River, which flows through the county.
- Beaver County, Pennsylvania: Beaver is named for the Beaver River.
- Beaver County, Utah: Beaver is named for the area's many beavers.
- Beaverhead County, Montana: Beaverhead is named for a rock in the Jefferson River shaped like a beaver's head.
- Big Horn County, Wyoming: Big Horn is named for the bighorn sheep in the area.
- Buffalo County, Nebraska: Buffalo is named for the buffalo (properly American Bison) which once roamed the present county.
- Buffalo County, Wisconsin: Buffalo is named for the Buffalo River.
- Conecuh County, Alabama: Conecuh is a Muscogee word meaning either land of cane or polecat's head.
- Conejos County, Colorado: Conejos is the Spanish language word for rabbits, as cottontail rabbits are abundant in the area.
- Crow Wing County, Minnesota: Crow Wing is named after an island shaped like a raven's wing at the junction of the Crow Wing River and Mississippi River.
- Eagle County, Colorado: Eagle is named for the Eagle River.
- Elk County, Kansas: Elk is named for the Elk River.
- Elko County, Nevada: Elko is named for the county seat of Elko, Nevada, named in turn for the herds of elk in the area.
- Manatee County, Florida: Manatee is named after the manatee, an endangered sea mammal indigenous to Florida.
- Musselshell County, Montana: Musselshell is named for the Musselshell River, named in turn by the Lewis and Clark Expedition presumably due to mussels found on its banks.
- Otter Tail County, Minnesota: Otter Tail is named after the Otter Tail Lake and Otter Tail River. The river was named by the Ojibwa for its long sandbar shaped like an otter's tail.
- Sequatchie County, Tennessee: Sequatchie's name is derived from Cherokee word believed to mean, opossum, he grins or runs.
- Waukesha County, Wisconsin: Waukesha is named for a Potawatomi word meaning little foxes.
- Yalobusha County, Mississippi: Yalobusha is a Native American word meaning tadpole place.