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September 28, 2013

Taxidermist turns love of wildlife into career


Borow and his guide followed the bear, but the brush was too thick to get another shot. Borow said he could hear the bear’s labored breathing. When they could no longer hear the bear breathing, they went into the woods to make sure it was dead.

Underneath the dead male bear, was a dead female brown bear.

“It was very strange to find the female under the bear,” Borow said. “What I think happened was the male was trying to kill her cubs to bring her back into heat and she was protecting the cubs.”

According to Borow, brown bear, and their inland cousin the grizzly bear, are scavengers and cannibals and therefore are not fit for human consumption. Black bears, by contrast, make good game meat.

Borow brought the bear home and mounted him upright, poised to attack.

“That is what I saw when we turned that corner,” Borow said.

In addition to professionally mounting all sorts of animals, Borow opens his show room to school children, explaining the various North American animals he has on display. Borow also helps out at SUNY Delhi in the biology department.

“They have a pretty good primate program,” Borow said.

Borow mounted two primates that came from the college after the primates had died. The pair are used for demonstrations in the SUNY Delhi biology department.

Borow’s Taxidermy is located at 14122 State Highway 28 in Delhi.

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