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A Shire draft horse, one of the many rare domestic livestock breeds being kept at the Sedgwick County Zoo.

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A Randall Lineback cow, one of the many rare domestic livestock breeds being kept at the Sedgwick County Zoo.

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For fear she and her pack might harm cattle, Opal was captured and collared by USFWS workers. She was then released as a “Judas wolf” — once she lead the workers back to her pack, they were all exterminated. (Montana, outside of Yellowstone.)

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For fear she and her pack might harm cattle, Opal was captured and collared by USFWS workers. She was then released as a “Judas wolf” — once she lead the workers back to her pack, they were all exterminated. (Montana, outside of Yellowstone.)

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Four wolf pelts lie draped over the back of a federal official’s truck near Helena, MT. These wolves once formed a pack that was killed to assuage local ranchers’ fears that theymight someday kill cattle.

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Four wolf pelts lie draped over the back of a federal official’s truck near Helena, MT. These wolves once formed a pack that was killed to assuage local ranchers’ fears that theymight someday kill cattle.

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Four wolf pelts lie draped over the back of a federal official’s truck near Helena, MT. These wolves once formed a pack that was killed to assuage local ranchers’ fears that theymight someday kill cattle.

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Four wolf pelts lie draped over the back of a federal official’s truck near Helena, MT. These wolves once formed a pack that was killed to assuage local ranchers’ fears that theymight someday kill cattle.

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For fear she and her pack might harm cattle, Opal was captured and collared by USFWS workers. She was then released as a “Judas wolf” — once she lead the workers back to her pack, they were all exterminated.

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For fear she and her pack might harm cattle, Opal was captured and collared by USFWS workers. She was then released as a “Judas wolf” — once she lead the workers back to her pack, they were all exterminated.

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For fear she and her pack might harm cattle, Opal was captured and collared by USFWS workers. She was then released as a “Judas wolf” — once she lead the workers back to her pack, they were all exterminated.

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For fear she and her pack might harm cattle, Opal was captured and collared by USFWS workers. She was then released as a “Judas wolf” — once she lead the workers back to her pack, they were all exterminated.

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For fear she and her pack might harm cattle, Opal was captured and collared by USFWS workers. She was then released as a “Judas wolf” — once she lead the workers back to her pack, they were all exterminated.

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For fear she and her pack might harm cattle, Opal was captured and collared by USFWS workers. She was then released as a “Judas wolf” — once she lead the workers back to her pack, they were all exterminated.

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Carter Niemeyer, a USFWS employee, stands over a calf that was killed by a wolf pack near Red Deer, MT. Wolves very seldom kill cattle. Defenders of Wildlife actually reimburses ranchers for any cattle loss to wolves in Montana.

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Carter Niemeyer, a USFWS employee, stands over a calf that was killed by a wolf pack near Red Deer, MT. Wolves very seldom kill cattle. Defenders of Wildlife actually reimburses ranchers for any cattle loss to wolves in Montana.

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Hayley Jolma, is comforted by her mother, Karen Jolma, after they discovered that one of the family’s calves had been killed by wolves in the night. (Western MT)

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

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Longhorn cattle are rounded up at the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Reserve near Valentine, NE.

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A young livestock proprietor struggles with a longhorn after a parade in Burwell, NE.

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A young livestock proprietor struggles with a longhorn after a parade in Burwell, NE.

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Bobby Edwards, a yard-working cowboy, looks through a muddy window at the Shasta Livestock Auction in Cottonwood, California.

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Two yard-working cowboys look through a muddy window. Hank Basinger (right) and Bobby Edwards (left) worked at the Shasta Livestock Auction in Cottonwood, California.

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A cowboy washes mud off his jacket at the Shasta Livestock Auction in Cottonwood, California.

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Sunlight casts a glow on a few chickens walking in the mud at the Shasta Livestock Auction in Cottonwood, California.

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A group of pigs charge through the mud outside the Shasta Livestock Auction building in Cottonwood, California.

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Yard workers Wayne Schatz (right) and Adrian Girard (left) hold lambs outside Shasta Livestock Auction building in Cottonwood, California.

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A man and his horse in a muddy pen at the Shasta Livestock Auction in Cottonwood, California.

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Don Flynn and Jim Owens sit and talk at the Shasta Livestock Auction in Cottonwood, northern California. Ranching stays in the blood and the auction house serves as a social gathering place for ranchers both working and retired.

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Dan Shiner uses draft horses to feed hay to his livestock at the Shiner Ranch near Leadore, Idaho.

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A rancher takes back roads out to do chores on a winter day near Salmon, Idaho.

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A cow stands knee-deep in snow on a winter day near Cedarville, in Northern California.

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Livestock stand knee-deep in snow on a winter day near Cedarville, in Northern California.

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Duane and Ken McGarva haul hay out into the field for their cattle on a cold January day.

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This calf is being taken back out to the field for reintroduction to its herd. (Flournoy Ranch near Likely, CA.)

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