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Buffalo taxidermist takes top award at world championships

BUFFALO - In the corner of the showroom, even among other bighorn sheep, antelope and mule deer, the mountain lion stands out. He rests on a wooden stand, posed atop a shale outcrop, mountain mahogany sprouting from a crack. He watches, brow ever-so-slightly furrowed, eyes cooly focused, like a cat eyeing a mouse it can't be bothered to chase.

This mountain lion, created by Johnson County-based taxidermist Dave Long, was the recipient of the Carl Akeley award at the 2022 World Taxidermy Championships, among many other awards. When Long lays out all the awards the piece received at the Wyoming...

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