Jim Maher has been a Wyoming cowboy for 49 years. His life in the saddle began at the age of eight in Arizona. He rode with his uncle on his boy’s ranch and worked for Scottsdale Feedlot as a pen rider detecting sick cattle and doctoring them. He also worked for the V Bar V Ranch in Rimrock, Arizona. In the summer of 1972, he moved to Jackson and worked for Fish Creek Dude Ranch for two summers as a dude wrangler. In 1974 he went to work for Snake River Ranch in Jackson, feeding with a team during the winter and trailing the cattle up the Gros Ventre to summer pasture. Jim continued to work for Snake River Ranch until the fall of 1976, when he went to work for the Padlock Ranch in Dayton, as the feedlot foreman. After a year there, Jim and his wife, Sally, moved to Pinedale, where he worked for Chapparal Cattle Company and Quarter Circle 5 Ranch. In 1979 they moved back to Jackson. He would later work for Frome Cattle Company and in 1988 he became the state brand inspector for Teton County.