A rancher's journey to enlightenment and stewardship

advanced praise

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“OTTERS DANCE” is a treatise on ranching, conservation, wildlife, family, and most of all a unique appreciation of our home state of Wyoming.  The essays in this collection come from a lifetime of observing, listening to, and studying the land and the old-timers who were here before us.  This is an absolute must-read for anyone who wants to understand the landscape, history, and culture of the rural Mountain West.” 

- C.J. Box, #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author of SHADOWS REEL 

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Written by Bob Budd

Bob Budd is a fifth-generation Wyoming native and has worked throughout the West on natural resource issues for more than forty years. He has a master of science degree in range management and bachelor of science degrees in agricultural business and animal science from the University of Wyoming. He has worked as executive director of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, managed ranches and other lands for The Nature Conservancy, and is currently the executive director of the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust, a state agency dedicated to maintaining and restoring natural landscapes and ecological function in Wyoming. He is a past president of the International Society for Range Management and the Wyoming chapter of The Wildlife Society, and a past public relations chairman for Cheyenne Frontier Days. He has facilitated management plans for the Big Sandy River, bighorn sheep, and most recently, sage grouse in Wyoming and the West. Bob and his wife, Lynn, live in Cheyenne and have three grown children, Joe, Jake, and Maggie. 


about the book

As a boy, Bob Budd grew up on the land with the wind at his back and the wide vista of Wyoming Ranchland stretching before him. Their family ranch in Wyoming was passed down, alongside an undying reverence for the land, from generation to generation. Budd spent his childhood learning skills and pocketing wisdom from his family, the ranch and their community.


Otter’s Dance is a story of stewardship from a perspective not often heard from- the rancher. It tells of the rhythms of the land, of the people and creatures that make it special, and the ways we can protect it, sharing a universal message about the importance of caring for our natural world. It is an elegy to the place that made Bob Budd who he is today and asks the reader to take some of that love and care back to the places that have imprinted themselves on their lives.