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Set of stuffed, boxing squirrels goes for $70,000
The Dallas Morning News
When Goodyear Tire & Rubber decided to relocate its Akron, Ohio, headquarters last fall, it fell to Cleveland-based auctioneer Rachel Davis to sell all the decor the company didn't want to move. It was artwork, mostly: paintings, prints and an extensive map collection. Then someone found the stuffed squirrels.
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Wildlife repository illustrates trouble US trade agenda aims to stop
The Denver Post
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman walked past taxidermied tigers, shelves stacked with leopard heads and dismembered elephants' feet. A week after announcing efforts to stem the illegal animal trade, he called the collection "overwhelming." Froman, the nation's top trade negotiator and an adviser to President Barack Obama, was walking through a warehouse at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, where about 1.5 million such items are stored.
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Restoring history: 19th-century tobacco warehouses renovated into taxidermy business, apartments
The Country Today
There aren't many people in this country who are as totally immersed in taxidermy as Dan Rinehart. The Edgerton, Wisconsin man has been a taxidermist since before he was a teenager and has been showing others how to master the skill for more than 30 years. He also has a worldwide-in-scope taxidermy school and supply company that is housed in an 1850s-era tobacco warehouse in downtown Edgerton.
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Skulls Inc.: Behind the scenes of a world-class taxidermy shop
OutdoorLife
Like painters and sculptors, taxidermists develop their own artistic style and signature. Capes are their canvases and Styrofoam their clay, their medium for expression. But skull mounts are different. There's no room for creative license or interpretation. Just the irreproachable beauty of bone shaped solely by the hand of God, or if you prefer, by the forces of evolution. Or maybe we, as hunters, love skulls simply because they look so darn cool.
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Set of stuffed, boxing squirrels goes for $70,000
The Dallas Morning News
When Goodyear Tire & Rubber decided to relocate its Akron, Ohio, headquarters last fall, it fell to Cleveland-based auctioneer Rachel Davis to sell all the decor the company didn't want to move. It was artwork, mostly: paintings, prints and an extensive map collection. Then someone found the stuffed squirrels.

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Taxidermist conference on its way
TimesDaily
Steve Wallace said those in his profession create works of art. "There are a lot of talented taxidermists and their imaginations run wild," said Wallace, a member of the Alabama Taxidermist Association. You have people who come up with mountain scenes and have all kinds of animals on them. Some do nothing but build habitats for people's homes and have scenes with rock formations on walls. It is definitely an art form."

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Pennsylvania carver's decoy birds look like they could fly
The Associated Press via Seattlepi.com
If you can peel a potato, you can carve a duck — words to live by for bird decoy makers and wisdom from Ross Smoker's dad. Now about 40 years into his own bird decoy carving career, Smoker is competing at a world level against people from the other side of the planet.

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Lessons learned in turkey hunting
By John McAdams
As promised in my previous article about my first turkey hunt, I'm discussing some of the lessons I learned while turkey hunting. I had a great time, and I got a nice turkey to show for it. However, the hunt was not perfect and there are always things that I can improve for the next trip. It always pays to sit down after each hunt and determine what you did well, and what you can do better for the future. With any luck, I'll get another chance to put some of these turkey hunting lessons learned to use next year.
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The chicken lamp, or a piece of absurd contemporary design you absolutely need
The Huffington Post
A design fair of epic proportions descended upon Switzerland recently, bringing with it a barrage of equally beautiful and bizarre objets d'art. Design Basel 2014, named for its location in Basel, Switzerland, introduced eager aficionados to the year's hottest creations in furniture, architecture, decor and fashion. And it got weird. Case in point: The Chicken Lamp. That is the official title of Chilean-born artist Sebastian Errazuriz's Design Basel 2014 artifact. Made from a taxidermy chicken, the avant-garde light fixture is essentially exactly what it sounds like — the body of a chicken paired with a lightbulb, equalling a Chicken Lamp.
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You could 'snap' up a prize Fish and Wildlife photo contest
Statesman Journal
Here's your shot at adding "award-winning photographer" to your resume. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is holding a contest for the best fishing, hunting, crabbing, clamming and wildlife-viewing. And the winner in each of those categories will receive a $50 gift certificate to Cabela's.
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Why did this man turn his cat into a helicopter?
The Big Issue
Bart Jansen is a carpenter who makes a living installing solar panels in Holland. But he has always had bigger dreams — dreams of helping earthbound animals take flight. But only dead ones. Jansen is one of the colorful characters film-maker Matt Rudge encountered while making his latest film, called Get Stuffed, about the resurgence in the art of taxidermy.
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How hunters are killing bald eagles without actually hunting them
Care2.com
Endangered California condors have been the poster birds for calls to get lead ammunition out of our environment, but they might have to make some room for our nation's most iconic raptors thanks to a new study showing how lead ammunition is also harming bald eagles. It might be illegal to hunt bald eagles, but a study conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service investigating the link between lead ammunition and bald eagle deaths in the Upper Mississippi River U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuge, which spans across Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota, shows they're dying as a result of hunters and has led to more calls to protect wildlife from this toxic shot.
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