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Captive gray wolf at the International Wolf Center in Ely, MN.

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Sandhill cranes at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary in Nebraska.

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Endangered Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni) at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo.

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Endangered Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni) at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo.

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A dog plays outside after a snowstorm in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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A veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) at the Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure.

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A captive wolf at the International Wolf Center near Ely, MN, defends a road-killed deer carcass from the other members of its pack.

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Captive gray wolf at the International Wolf Center in Ely, MN.

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Wild gray wolves cross a frozen lake in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters wilderness area.

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Canada goose hunters at Upper Souris NWR, ND, using giant decoys to attract game.

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A shed antler marks a caribou trail along the Brooks Range, the mountains that define the North Slope’s southern boundary.

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All’s wet during the ‘full’ season in the Brazilian Pantanal, an array of seasonally flooded lowlands which makes for ideal habitat for a rich array of biodiversity.

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A thunderstorm, evening star, and crescent moon collide on a hilltop near Bazaar, Kansas.

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Five year-old Jonathan Cunningham sits on an alligator (recently hunted by his father) in Morgan City, Louisiana.

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The Boston Brownies, so named from the tan resulting from the daily swims they take in Boston Harbor.

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The greenish yellow light of an impending thunderstorm rolls in over a partially-harvested wheat field near Haysvills, KS.

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Justin Johnson, 15, practices his roping on a ranch near Post, Texas.

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Members of a Wayne State College fraternity are transformed into the “Chickendale” Dancers at the Wayne Chicken festival in Nebraska.

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The feet of photographer Joel Sartore were covered in mosquitoes within five minutes of removing his boots. Small insects may be a nuisance, but are critical in anchoring the bottom of the food chain during the short summer season on the North Slope.

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“Flying fish” (minnows) over the Powder River in Wyoming, an ecosystem threatened by coal bed methane development.

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Flamingos puff up their feathers against the cold as they roost at Laguna Colorada, Bolivia. The variation in temperature between day and night is so extreme that their legs are frozen in a thin layer of ice during the night, which is melted by the sun.

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Snow falls on a captive great horned owl at a raptor recovery center near Gibbon, Nebraska.

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Red-and-green macaws in flight over Madidi National Park, Bolivia.

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“A fed bear is a dead bear” is the motto of bear biologists who warn of more bears being killed as people continue to encroach upon bear habitat.

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An overpass for wildlife (including bears) was built over this busy highway near Banff, Canada.

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Ruth LaBarge’s trained bear is all roar and no bite for a group of Boy Scouts in southern California.

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Scott Handley and Baloo the bear make the rounds of his California ranch. “Few people understand the commitment,” says Handley. “I can’t take a vacation. He gets lonely.”

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A grizzly bear walks past a set of moose antlers at Katmai’s Naknek Lake. Food is plentiful up in Alaska, especially so near the salmon-rich Brooks River.

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Brooks Falls in Alaska’s Katmai Nat’l Park and Preserve is a popular tourist spot. Bears pack the falls there, catching salmon as they swim upstream.

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After feeding on salmon from a river in Kulik, AK, a grizzly lays down for a nap.

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A freshwater stingray in the flooded pastures of Barra Mansa Ranch in Brazil’s Pantanal.

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A young spider monkey, orphaned by poachers, displays panic.

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