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Four wolf pelts lie draped over the back of a federal officialÕs truck near Helena, MT. These wolves once formed a pack that was killed to assuage local ranchersÕ fears that they might someday kill cattle.

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A collection of dead insects at the Houston Zoo. Zoo staff keep the insects that pass away here in a freezer for two reasons: they need to prove to the USDA that the insects they keep match their inventories, and also to wow school kids on tours.

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The dead insect collection at the Houston Zoo. Zoo staff keep the insects that pass away here in a freezer for two reasons: they need to prove to the USDA that the insects they keep match their inventories, and also to wow school kids on tours.

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Yuman desert fringe-toed lizard (Uma rufopunctata) playing dead at the Sedgwick County Zoo.

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A possibly extinct Bachman’s warbler (Vermivora bachmanii) at Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.

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A possibly extinct Bachman’s warbler (Vermivora bachmanii) at Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.

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A possibly extinct Bachman’s warbler (Vermivora bachmanii) at Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.

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A woman appears to be dead in an infrared image in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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A young woman appears to have just shot a man in bed in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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A young woman prepares to shoot a man in bed in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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A teenage girl appears to lie dead in an empty swimming pool as a man looks on.

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A teenage girl appears to lie dead in an empty swimming pool as a man looks on.

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A young woman in bed with a ball python in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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A young woman in bed with a ball python in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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An unconscious woman lays on the floor in Elkhorn, Nebraska.

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An unconscious woman lays on the floor in Elkhorn, Nebraska.

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An unconscious woman lays on the floor in Elkhorn, Nebraska.

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A teenage girl basks in the eerie afternoon light in Elkhorn, Nebraska.

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A woman appears to be dead in an infrared image in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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A woman appears to be dead in an infrared image in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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A woman appears to be dead in an infrared image in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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A woman appears to be dead in an infrared image in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Veterinarian Robyn Stenner with a koala that was severly injured by a domestic dog. They worked on this animal for five hours and it died on the table. “I sure wish I could have saved you, sweetie,’ Robyn said.

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An elephant, poached not far from the ranger station well inside Queen Elizabeth National Park. The ivory from this animal represents a fortune to local villagers…as more people move in, the pressure to poach will only increase.

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A shell of a dead winged mapleleaf mussel (Quadrula fragosa). The winged mapleleaf is critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered. This is one of 44 species of freshwater mussels still found in the upper Mississippi River near Prairie du Chien, WI.

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A red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) feeds on a road-killed squirrel.

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A red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) feeds on a road-killed squirrel.

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A red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) feeds on a road-killed squirrel.

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These koalas were all killed in the space of a single week by cars or dogs. From July to December, koalas descend to the ground in search of mates and new food sources. Many of them are hit by cars and attacked, prompting those who work with koalas to dub it “trauma season.”

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Four hours of surgery wasn’t enough to save this female koala, whose abdomen was crushed by dogs. Robyn Stenner, a surgeon at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, says that the injury is common, “But it always breaks your heart.”

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A dead black drum as it floats through oiled waters near Grand Isle, LA.

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A shell of a dead winged mapleleaf mussel (Quadrula fragosa). The winged mapleleaf is critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered. This is one of 44 species of freshwater mussels still found in the upper Mississippi River near Prairie du Chien, WI.

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A collection of more than sixty specimens of critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered ivory billed woodpecker, Campephilus principalis, at Harvard University.

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A male specimen of a critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered ivory billed woodpecker, Campephilus principalis.

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