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Bald Eagles pick fish out of the shallows at the McNary Damnear Ogallala, NE, on the Platte River.

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A polar bear feeds on the jaws of a bowhead whale harvested by natives along the coast of ANWR.

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George Taylor of Vancouver Island dons a grizzly mask. He and his wife run the La-La-La Dancers, a Native American dance troupe.

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Max Tylee of British Columbia, a victim of mauling by a grizzly bear.

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

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

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Doug Seus with Bart the Bear (the late star of movies and television) at their training facility in Utah.

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Barney the bear stands up for a spoonful of grape jelly from his trainer, Ruth LaBarge.

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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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Grizzly bears attracted to the dumpsters at the oil field sites in Prudhoe Bay, AK.

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A grizzly bear runs down a bison calf, pursued by its mother, in Yellowstone National Park. This behavior is rarely caught on film.

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A grizzly bear feeds on a whale carcass on the shores of Katmai National Park, Alaska.

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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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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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A grizzly bear fishes for salmon at night near Kulik, Alaska.

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A male Attwater’s prairie-chicken watches the sky for predators. The endangered birds depend on native coastal prairiegrasses for food and a place to hide from predators.

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The endangered Attwater’s prairie-chicken needs short grass to see other members of its species as well as predators. Biologists rotate cattle grazing to simulate the bison that once kept the prairie trimmed.

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A heat lamp serves as a surrogate mother for this juvenile Attwater’s prairie-chicken at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. Captive breeding efforts are the species’ only hope for survival.

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This captive-born chick resting in the hands of a biologist represents the last hope for the Attwater’s prairie-chicken. The species which used to number over a million strong is now down to a few dozen, holding out in small islands of Texas coastal prairie.

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Predators have coexisted for centuries with the Attwater’s prairie-chicken. In recent decades, shrinking habitat has left the grouse nowhere to hide, making predation a significant problem.

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A captive-born mother and chick wait in the safety of a pre-release pen. Once they ventured out into the wild, however, the mother was killed within two weeks by a raptor.

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This cattle pasture 40 miles from Houston is now the last booming ground or lek for the Attwater’s prairie-chicken. Between ten and twenty birds use this spot every year, but how long they can hold out is uncertain.

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A giant anteater is bottle-fed on a ranch in Brazil’s Pantanal region. The animal was orphaned as an infant and hand raised by ranch hands. For a while after its release, it returned for its regular feedings but it eventually ventured out on its own.

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

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Endangered freshwater mussels in the hands of biologists onthe Clinch River in Kentucky. Mussels are the most endangered fauna species, with 50% of them now either threatened, endangered, or extinct.

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

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Bighorn sheep in the Rocky Mountain Front near Augusta, MT. The area is one of the last places to see the species in North America, and is currently threatened with coal bed methane development.

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Two hunters and their black lab relax after Broken Bow, Nebraska’s “One Box Pheasant Hunt.”

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Hedda Rev-Curry, a doctor and small business owner in Boston walks her Dalmatian wearing a faux Dalmatian coat. “A lot of people call me Cruella, but it’s a fake fur coat. I have three of them in different lengths.” (Brookline, Mass.)

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An endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) consumes fish in Brazil’s Pantanal region.

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The endangered black-footed ferret was saved from extinction through captive breeding programs.

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