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”If a mount gets abused in any way, it’s hard to correct it later,” Mr. Zima said. ”I’ve gotten calls from Colorado, Montana and New York State, eveybody wanting to know how to care for thier heads.”
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One collector, an officer of the Safari Club of New England, recommended using a soft brush on fur and spray paint on fading nostrils. He also suggested that owners have trophies checked regularly for bugs and vermin, which can lay eggs between the fiberglass stuffing and the skin.
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Many taxidermists will not handle such protected species as hawks, owls, eagles and many songbirds.
Federal law permits the sale of trophies of unprotected game animals, according to Earl Baysinger, chief of the Wildlife Permit Office of the Federal Fish and Wildlife Service in Arlington, Va. State and local laws, cheap canada goose uk however, may be more prohibitive. For example, in Massachusetts the only trophies that can be sold legally are deer heads and mounts that can be proven to be antiques, according to James Cardozo of the State Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. For information on buying or buy canada goose jacket cheap selling game trophies, ask local fisheries and wildlife offices.