Nature lover pursued life-long passion for wildlife

Monday, September 24, 2007 | 5:10 p.m. CDT; updated 2:28 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

COLUMBIA — Stacked boxes full of text books, pamphlets, animal skulls, trapping equipment and an old pair of jeans vie for space with filing cabinets and bookshelves. The walls are decorated with an assortment of otter, beaver and bobcat pelts along with mounted deer and wolf heads. A tower of papers two feet high precipitously clings to one of two covered desks in the room.