Photo by: 
Julia Jacobson

At 7 a.m. Saturday, as the sun is casting its first light over the valley, Luke Hurley is on his way to work at Taylor Park. Halfway up the Taylor Canyon, Hurley — like most commuters — is faced with a traffic jam.

However, this traffic jam has nothing to do with the early morning rush hour.

A herd of bighorn sheep has assembled in the road, stopping traffic in both directions and leaving tourists flustered with how to proceed. Hurley exits his car and encourages the anxious campers to be patient with the herd until they eventually meander off the road. Such is the unpredictable nature of a U.S. Forest Service employee’s work.

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