Craig After nearly a year, the Wyman Living History Museum’s unofficial mascot is back where he belongs, on the museum property.
Clyde the elk, who died in September 2012 after years of entertaining visitors at the museum, returned to his old stomping grounds Thursday and was put in his permanent resting place as a majestic life-size trophy among the museum’s displays.
Gary Troester, of All Seasons Taxidermy, did the taxidermy on Clyde to preserve the locally beloved elk. He was pleased with how the life-size work turned out.
“I was excited to do it for them,” Troester said. “I got the skin and kind of had to stretch it both ways and measure, and he fit that form just perfect.”
To his former owner, the work looked good, as well.
“He looks pretty good,” said Lou Wyman, owner and operator of the museum.
Clyde was transported from All Seasons to Wyman’s on Thursday afternoon, and even in his brief time in the public, he was unmistakable.
Patty Cullen was passing by All Seasons and walked across the street when she recognized Clyde standing once again. She fondly remembers visiting Clyde often and showing him off to relatives from out of town.
“I’ve been out with Clyde for years,” Cullen said. “He was such a sweetheart. He would talk to you and walk up and down along with you. I remember we brought my sister to see him, and he walked next to her all the way up and down his pen.”
The community donated about half of the money to help with the taxidermy, Wyman said. It was money well spent, Cullen said.
“It’s beautiful,” she said. “It’s like he’s back again.”
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.