Utah man takes home top taxidermy awards from competition



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OGDEN, Utah (AP) — It's a first for Utah: the state is now home to a man considered one of the world's best taxidermists.

The Standard-Examiner reports (http://bit.ly/1EjmE6T ) that Harrisville man David Ferguson brought home two "Best in World" titles from the World Taxidermy Competition, held in Missouri in early May.

Ferguson says he began dreaming of becoming a taxidermist as a 12-year-old boy who loved hunting and animals.

After two decades on the job, he says he still loves preserving the beauty of animals.

While attending Brigham Young University, Ferguson worked on an elephant on display at Monte L. Bean Museum -- a highlight of his career.

Ferguson took top awards in the competition's sculpting and small-medium mammals categories.

For the latter, he used a bobcat he collected 12 years ago and saved for something special.

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