This was my first wildlife story for the magazine, so I really liked being faced with a different set of challenges than my usual subjects of people and places. The best part of working on a wildlife story was all the time I was able to spend in the woods. Getting the story done required me to do a great deal of hiking and camping. I also spent a few afternoons ice fishing for rainbow trout in a remote mountain lake in Canada. And I have to say that holding a lynx kitten is something I will never forget.
Working on a wildlife story required using different equipment than I am accustomed to and a lot more of it. For a full three weeks my assistant and I were lugging around enough equipment to fill a Dodge Durango to the brim, leaving barely enough room for ourselves. We also had to lug a great deal of this equipment up mountains in Colorado.
In Canada I was around trappers who eat more wild meats than I usually have access to. In Quebec I ate black bear meat, which was incredibly rich and tasty and went down well with a bottle of red wine—French, of course. The trappers in British Columbia cooked me moose ribs over an open fire pit in the snow. It was also very rich and tasted excellent with a cold Molson beer.