Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Wildlife never gets old

IN MY YEARS WITH THE DWR, there’s one day that really stands out. It was a warm spring morning at Pioneer Park Pond, and the Ogden Senior Citizen Center dropped by for an outing. The seniors enjoyed themselves as they always did, visiting with each other in the outdoors. At about that time, I saw a kid down at the pond catching black bullheads and frogs.

A boy discovers something special

In a matter of minutes, Bo — an 85-year-old senior — was in the water, with the youth at his side, up to his waist, catching fish and frogs! They put the little bullheads and frogs into a Big Gulp cup and stuck to their task for about two hours. They both laughed the whole time.

It really struck me. Here was a man, nearly at the end of his time on earth, having the kind of fun that was timeless. And even better, he shared that enjoyment with a kid.

What makes a job really worthwhile and memorable? For me, it was that the single, joyful moment where I saw what water and wildlife could do — both physically and emotionally — to a kid, an old man and me. I would imagine Bo has passed by now, but his enthusiasm affected everyone who saw him that day. And it sure inspired me.