Bears, wolf, lynx and other similar animals should be skinned in the same manner as illustrated, whether the skin is intended for a rug or a life-size mounting. The preparation of skins for rug mounting requires considerable care and effort. Skin animals as soon as possible; as bacteria will start to grow within four hours of expiration.
Important: If a freezer service is available, we suggest the head and feet be left intact as in most cases, this delicate work should be left for qualified taxidermists.
When Packing: The un-skinned areas, head and feet must be placed on the external portion of the folded skin to ensure that freezing will take place.
It is best if you let the taxidermist skin the head as soon as possible. If you can't do this, skin the head according to this diagram. Be careful around the horns, eyes and lips. Always leave more skin and flesh if you are uncertain how much to leave.
A dorsal cut is best. Start the cut just behind the head and neck union. Cut straight down the backline to the upper base of the tail. Tube out the head and legs.