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Cracked dirt and brushes at the Charles M Russell National Wildlife Refuge, Montana.

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A man looks out over the landscape of the Charles M Russell Refuge, Montana.

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A Bison at the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge in Nebraska near Valentine, Nebraska.

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A tanker moves down a channel which bisects Sabine NWR in Louisiana. Part of this reserve has a system of gates, which can be closed in case an oil spill occurs .

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A local resident draws a laugh from her daughter by donning the head of a musk ox (Ovibos moschatus) recently shot by her husband. Sport hunters are allowed to kill approximately 70 of these animals, once extinct in Alaska, per year.

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A musk ox bull (Ovibos moschatus) charges at Joel Sartore, on Nunivak Island, Alaska. These animals descended from stock brought in from Greenland in 1935.

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A wire fence keeps elk (Cervus canadensis) on Elk National refuge land and from roaming into the town of Jackson, Wyoming.

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A herd of American bison (Bison bison) standing in the rain on Fort Niobrara NWR in Nebraska.

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A volunteer collects seeds from wildflowers and native grasses to plant. Since they were never farmed, old graveyards are prime locations for finding the original tallgrass that has virtually disappeared elsewhere on the Great Plains.

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Ross’ geese (Chen rossii) fly over fields flooded for their benefit. The artificial habitat was created to divert the birds from feeding on farmers’ crops.

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Suburbs surround the salt ponds of San Diego Bay, part of which may become a new National Wildlife Refuge in California.

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Black skimmers (Rhynchops niger) on a salt pond beside San Diego bay in California.

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A dickcissel (Spiza americana) at the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge, Glen Rose, Texas.

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A steer head skeleton on the prairie at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge near Valentine, Nebraska.

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The Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, along the upper Missouri River near Malta, Montana.

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The Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, along the upper Missouri River near Malta, Montana.

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The Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, along the upper Missouri River near Malta, Montana.

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A juvenile whooping crane, (Grus americana), endangered; dead of avian cholera at Bosque del Apache NWR in New Mexico.

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A juvenile whooping crane, (Grus americana), endangered; dead of avian cholera at Bosque del Apache NWR in New Mexico.

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A man holds up a bird caught in a wire fence at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

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Bison graze at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge in Nebraska.

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The Ash Meadows Speckled Dace is one of many endangered species at the Ash Meadows NWR in Nevada.

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Hydroelectric dams like the Bonneville on the Columbia River cause problems for salmon.

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Bison graze at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge in Nebraska.

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A biologist searches a vernal pool at Kesterson NWR for the endangered tadpole shrimp.

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Grazing cattle at the Charles M. Russell NWR in Montana.

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The endangered vernal pool tadpole shrimp at Kesterson NWR in California.

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A young elk at the National Elk Refuge near Jackson Hole, WY.

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An elk at the National Elk Refuge near Jackson Hole, WY.

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American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. (US: federally endangered; IUCN: Vulnerable)

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American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. (US: federally endangered; IUCN: Vulnerable)

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Volunteers collect native prairie seed from the Polk City (IA) cemetery to restore the nearby Walnut Creek NWR. The cemetery is one of the few remaining stands of virgin prairie in Iowa.

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Volunteers collect native prairie seed from the Polk City (IA) cemetery to restore the nearby Walnut Creek NWR. The cemetery is one of the few remaining stands of virgin prairie in Iowa.

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Volunteers collect native prairie seed from the Polk City (IA) cemetery to restore the nearby Walnut Creek NWR. The cemetery is one of the few remaining stands of virgin prairie in Iowa.

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