Bryan Arroyo pauses to examine a woodpile at the lonesome Skull Creek cabin in southeastern Oregon’s sun-baked high desert. The top of the woodpile is decorated with grisly, bone-white cow and elk skulls.
Stacy Davies, foreman of the million-plus-acre Roaring Springs Ranch, leaves the shade of his pickup and strolls over, scuffing puffs of dust with his cowboy boots.
"This is rattlesnake country," he cautions. "You don’t want to go stirring in a woodpile here."
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