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By Aliya Hall
Staff Writer 


Curran memorializes pets, exotic trophies


August 8, 2019

Aliya Hall

Brittney Morlan, Josh Wedmore, Josh Knoebel and Curran Munzer are the team behind Curran's Custom Taxidermy in Springfield. The shop opened in 2008.

One of the biggest misconceptions that Curran Munzer hears about taxidermy is that the process involves "stuffing" an animal.

"These are not stuffed, they're mounted," he explained. "The term 'stuffed' comes from before we had forms. They would literally, after it was all skinned out, they would sew the mouth and nose shut, and stuff it full of sawdust." This practice hasn't been used since the 1970s.

Every industry has changed over the years, whether through new technology or techniques, and taxidermy is no exception. Munzer originally entered the field when two friends suggested it, and h...

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