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Craig taxidermist Scott Moore stands Saturday next to the prize-winning piece, “Can’t Kill the King,” which he created with local taxidermist Leland Reinier. The two men won first place for collective artist at the Colorado State Taxidermy Competition earlier this month in Salida. The piece, which features an African lion, is on display at Moore’s business, Mountain Man Taxidermy in Craig.

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Craig taxidermists partner to win big at state competition

Earlier this month, two local taxidermists accomplished something that, within their trade, would have been unthinkable 20 years ago. Scott Moore and Leland Reinier submitted a collaborative piece to a taxidermy competition and won. Their entry — a life-size African lion mounted on a rock cropping called “Can’t Kill the King” — won first place in the collective artist division at the Colorado State Taxidermy Competition from June 2 through 4 in Salida.

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