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John and Cole entered the room 30 minutes later with a plan and suddenly I saw renewed hope on somber faces as the plan was laid out – “we’re going to position ourselves at the bottom of the valley in a narrow gap that the bongo use as an escape route to their bedding area while some of us will spot from the top and Cole will gently push from the backside of the mountain.” Smiles emerge as this new plan may just work? As soon as lunch was over we initiated the new plan and all of us got position. Hours later Wayne and I glassed from up top and suddenly we spotted four bongo run out of the cover from the bottom of the valley and up a side hill, while the majority of the bongo ran out the opposite side of the valley. We watched intently for a few minutes and then saw a medium sized bull start to stagger like a college kid from one too many tequila shots. We glassed the sides of the animals and finally saw it – a brightly colored dart. Wayne and I broke into a series of high fives, knuckle bumps, superbowl dances and a male bonding celebratory bro hug. We ran for the jeep and hurried down the mountain, across the valley and up the side hill to meet the rest of the hunting party and help the bongo bed down in a comfortable place. Dr. O’Neil began a series of medical tests for blood work, vaccinations, fecal samples, and other treatment while a quick photo shoot erupted as Chip lovingly admired his hard earned animal. I never wanted to forget this moment so I looked closely at Chip and his mouth was open with a slight smile on his face as he ran his fingers through the bongo’s hair. He dipped his hat so no one could see and I saw his mouth slightly quiver and I think I could read his thoughts of awe, respect, and admiration for this creation and its Creator. Then Dr. O’Neil went back to work as the photo shoot and observation came to an end. Probably one of the most intense 10 minutes of my life, and quite possibly for everyone else, happened next. continued BISBEE’S CONSERVATION JOURNAL Q2 • 2015 15


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