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By Seth Taylor
Buffalo Bulletin Via Wyoming News Exchange 

Buffalo taxidermist takes top award at world championships

 

June 2, 2022

Ethan Weston, Buffalo Bulletin

Dave Long works on a taxidermy mule deer on Friday at Trophies Unlimited Taxidermy. Long, who went to college for kinesiology (the scientific study of human body movement), said the degree helps him with his taxidermy work. "When you start to learn about muscles on anything, it translates to other species," he said.

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 Wyo...



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