I mounted my first alligator back in the 1970s soon after they were taken off of the protected species list. I had to draw on experience alone and learned my lessons by making and seeing my mistakes. There was little written guidance to draw from and no videos that I could find. During this early period of my career in taxidermy, I had several Louisiana friends in taxidermy and soon found out we were all trying to figure out the best way. We shared experiences and what we had learned about mounting this new source of income, as alligators were the newest game animal to become available to taxidermists.
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