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A bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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Joel Sartore,National Geographic photographer, standing amongst a herd of bison (Bison bison) on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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Joel Sartore, National Geographic photographer, standing amongst a herd of bison (Bison bison) on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A Tartar sand boa (Eryx tataricus) at the Buffalo Zoo, Buffalo, New York.

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A Tartar sand boa (Eryx tataricus) at the Buffalo Zoo, Buffalo, New York.

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A Tartar sand boa (Eryx tataricus) at the Buffalo Zoo, Buffalo, New York.

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A bison grazes at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Oklahoma.

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A coal bed methane crew near Buffalo, Wyoming drills for oil.

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Drillers take a rest after working to free gas in Buffalo, Wyoming.

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Drillers take a nap after working to free gas in Buffalo, Wyoming.

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Buffalo, Wyoming’s Bureau of Land Management employees do an “on-site” inspection of several private and public land site on which the BLM has the mineral rights but lease them out. “On-sites” are a formal step in which land owners, energy interests and BLM biologists, engineers and others inspect an area that is about the be bulldozed and developed or drilled.

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Bureau of Land Management employees from the Buffalo, Wyoming office pose with a year’s worth of paperwork. The office has been ordered to approve at least 3,000 permits to drill per year and issues far more permits to drill than any other in the U.S. The goal is 50,000 wells.

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Bureau of Land Management employees from the Buffalo, Wyoming office pose with a year’s worth of paperwork. The office has been ordered to approve at least 3,000 permits to drill per year and issues far more permits to drill than any other in the U.S. The goal is 50,000 wells.

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The BLM office in Buffalo, WY approved 3000 natural gas drilling permits in 2004, generating a small mountain of paperwork.

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