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Garbage from the holidays sits outside waiting to be picked up by trash collection.

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Garbage from the holidays sits outside waiting to be picked up by trash collection.

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Garbage from the holidays sits outside waiting to be picked up by trash collection.

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Garbage from the holidays sits outside waiting to be picked up by trash collection.

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Garbage from the holidays sits outside waiting to be picked up by trash collection.

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Garbage is trapped in a tallow spill on the Houston Ship Channel in Texas.

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Garbage is trapped in a tallow spill on the Houston Ship Channel in Texas.

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A girl looks over heaps of garbage for food at a landfill in Matamoros, Mexico.

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A boy and his family look for food at a landfill in Matamoros, Mexico.

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A man scavenges for food at a landfill in Matamoros, Mexico.

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Garbage is trapped in a tallow spill on the Houston Ship Channel in Texas.

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Garbage is trapped in a tallow spill on the Houston Ship Channel in Texas.

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Garbage is trapped in a tallow spill on the Houston Ship Channel in Texas.

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Garbage is trapped in a tallow spill on the Houston Ship Channel in Texas.

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“Bear-proof” Dumpster near Banff National Park in Canmore, Alberta (CANADA).

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“Bear-proof” Dumpster near Banff National Park in Canmore, Alberta (CANADA).

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Veteran bear biologist Carrie Hunt of the Wind River Institute trains Karelian bear dogs to recognize bears’ scent

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Montana Fish & Game employee Tim Manley fires a rubber bullet at a grizzly bear as it’s being released near Glacier National Park. The bear was trapped and relocated near Whitefish, Montana.

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Veteran bear biologist Carrie Hunt of the Wind River Institute trains Karelian bear dogs to recognize bears’ scent

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Montana Fish & Game employees work with Carrie Hunt of the Wind River Bear Institute and their Karelian bear dogs to chase “problem bears” away from areas used by people

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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened polar bear (Ursus maritimus) foraging in a dumpster at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska (one of the world’s largest industrial zones.)

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Grizzly bear in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The bears are attracted to the dumpsters used at the oil field sites.

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Grizzly bear in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The bears are attracted to the dumpsters used at the oil field sites.

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Grizzly bear in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The bears are attracted to the dumpsters used at the oil field sites.

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A mother grizzly and her cub in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The bears are attracted to the dumpsters used at the oil field sites.

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Grizzly bear in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The bears are attracted to the dumpsters used at the oil field sites.

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A mother grizzly and her cubs walk on top of an oil pipeline in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The drilling there has drawn bears into garbage dumps and away from their natural food sources.

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A mother grizzly and her cubs walk on top of an oil pipeline in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The drilling there has drawn bears into garbage dumps and away from their natural food sources.

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A mother grizzly and her cubs walk on top of an oil pipeline in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The drilling there has drawn bears into garbage dumps and away from their natural food sources.

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A mother grizzly and her cubs walk on top of an oil pipeline in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The drilling there has drawn bears into garbage dumps and away from their natural food sources.

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This grizzly bear in Larson Bay, AK has found an easy meal at the garbage dump. It’s a bad habit, though — looking for food around humans gets many bears killed.

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This grizzly bear in Larson Bay, AK has found an easy meal at the garbage dump. It’s a bad habit, though — looking for food around humans gets many bears killed.

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This grizzly bear in Larson Bay, AK has found an easy meal at the garbage dump. It’s a bad habit, though — looking for food around humans gets many bears killed.

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This grizzly bear in Larson Bay, AK has found an easy meal at the garbage dump. It’s a bad habit, though — looking for food around humans gets many bears killed.

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This grizzly bear in Larson Bay, AK has found an easy meal at the garbage dump. It’s a bad habit, though — looking for food around humans gets many bears killed.

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This grizzly bear in Larson Bay, AK has found an easy meal at the garbage dump. It’s a bad habit, though — looking for food around humans gets many bears killed.

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