Twenty animal heads, some of which date back nearly 100 years, were returned to Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport on March 17, 2014, after being professionally restored by a New Jersey taxidermist. (Credit: Newsday / Chris Ware)
George Dante, a taxidermist and president of Wildlife Preservations in Woodland Park, N.J., is shown with a collection of preserved animals from the Vanderbilt Museum, which are in need of restoration. Dante was asked to help restore several animals, which upon completion will be returned to the Vanderbilt Museum for display.
A ferocious, snarling black bear stared down George Dante.
He didn't flinch.
Wild animals don't faze Dante. "I have nightmares about people," he joked.
Easy to make light of a bear baring its sharp, yellowed teeth when it's a taxidermy head mounted on a pegboard in your warehouse studio. Dante, owner of Wildlife Preservations of Woodland Park, N.J., has worked for months to restore...
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