Taxidermy inside and out

“We take dead animals and bring them back to life.” So says Bill Fuchs, owner of Wilderness Taxidermy & Outfitters, a world-renowned stuff shop in Franklin.

In this week’s Mountain Xpress cover story, “Practically Alive,” Kent Priestley takes us deep inside the exotic world of modern-day taxidermists. Staff photographer Jonathan Welch documented the work of Fuchs and his staff, who mount some 600 animals a year. Some of his photos appear in the print addition, but many more can be found online in this gallery, “The Art of Taxidermy.”

— Jon Elliston, managing editor

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About Jon Elliston
An Asheville-based mountain journalist: Former Mountain Xpress managing editor. Investigations and open government editor at Carolina Public Press. Senior contributing editor at WNC magazine.

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