Thanks to Mark Poirot for his help on the PA bear.
Key Recognition came from retired U.S. Army General Norman Schwarzkopf, spokesman for the Be Bear Aware and Wildlife Stewardship Campaign and the Inter-agency Grizzly Bear Committee:
We Stand Together
The United Taxidermist Association is an international organization with thousands of members worldwide. We have no boundaries. Our vision is to unite, promote, and champion the needs of taxidermists and those that support and strengthen us where ever we are.
Getting right on up there in mounting Montana's 3rd largest bear in recorded history!
The bears completed in the seminars were returned to Be Bear Aware and other predetermined locations where they will be used by the program and other educational awareness programs.
Association’s 29th annual convention and competition in March of 2008. Though the UTA Board members were key in getting the seminar together, there were two individuals who were instrumental in making this seminar the success it was.
UTA members Dan Snyder of PA and Chris Barnhardt of NC were the key-stones that held it together. Riding on the wave of success in PA, the next scheduled seminar was at the Western Regional Competition in Idaho. UTA Board Member Ken Walker and UTA member Shawn Dawson, of Great Falls, MT mounted the next bear as a seminar for the convention attendees.
Scouts checking out the vendors in PA
“On behalf of the Inter-agency Grizzly Bear Committee and the Be Bear Aware and Wildlife Stewardship Campaign, I would like to express our appreciation for the contribution and hard work that the United Taxidermy Association has donated in the preparation of grizzly bear educational mounts for use in the bear avoidance program. The associations contribution of grizzly bear mounts will enable us to train youth groups, school students and local community residents on how to avoid conflicts with wildlife, especially bears. Your contribution demonstrates how the hunting and fishing community is willing to take the time and effort to contribute to
wildlife conservation. We could leave no finer legacy!”
The third Bear that was mounted was completed by UTA member Shawn Dawson of MT and Randy Suden, Jay Roberson and Terry Sears also of Montana. Providing additional oversight of the project was Dan Snyder of PA. Along with contributions of both boy and girl scouts the bear mounted in Lincoln, Mt was the 3rd largest bear ever recorded in Montana 9 feet long and 830 lbs.
Ken Walker adding his special touch
The UTA grew from the need for unity and professionalism within the taxidermy industry. In art, unity occurs when all of the elements combine to make a balanced, harmonious, complete whole. The UTA creates that unity, a place for all individuals to come together for the betterment of the industry and those that support it.
It’s no coincidence that the UTA starts with You! Be a part of the most positive new force in taxidermy. Join the United Taxidermist Association today. www.unitedtaxidermyassociation.com
June 01, 2009 | Artisan
The United Taxidermist Association has teamed up with the great folk at the Center for Wildlife Information—Be Bear Aware program. Be Bear Aware and Wildlife Stewardship are web sites that have been developed with the help of students in grades K through 12, with college students and wildlife biologists serving as mentors with the objective of both web sites to reduce human/wildlife conflicts, especially with bears and alligators through education. Both contain the latest safety techniques for hiking, camping and viewing and photographing wildlife. You can make a difference in reducing human/wildlife encounters by becoming informed about the latest safety techniques.
Through this organization the UTA has begun a partnership that encompasses the help of the Boy and Girl Scouts of America in the mounting of donated grizzly bears to be used as center pieces of bear awareness discussion at different locations throughout the country. The inaugural seminar occurred at the Pennsylvania Taxidermist