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Mexican gray wolf pups at the Wild Canid Research Center near St. Louis, MO.

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Mexican gray wolf pups at the Wild Canid Research Center near St. Louis, MO.

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Mexican gray wolf pups at the Wild Canid Research Center near St. Louis, MO.

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Mexican gray wolf pups at the Wild Canid Research Center near St. Louis, MO.

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Biologists hold endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) pups in Alaska.

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Captive gray wolf pups at a breeding facility in South Dakota.

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A captive gray wolf pup reclines in the grass in South Dakota.

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An endangered red wolf and its pup at the Tacoma Park Zoo’s captive breeding facility in Washington state.

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A red wolf pup is netted for easy handling at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.

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An endangered red wolf and its pup at the Tacoma Park Zoo’s captive breeding facility in Washington state.

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Red wolf parents and pup at the Tacoma Park Zoo’s captive breeding facility in Washington state.

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Mexican gray wolf (endangered) and pup in a captive breeding program at the Sedgewick County Zoo in Wichita, KS.

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Meixan gray wolf (endangered) and pup in a captive breeding program at the Sedgewick County Zoo in Wichita, KS.

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Meixan gray wolf (endangered) and pup in a captive breeding program at the Wild Canid Center near St. Louis, Missouri.

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Mexican gray wolf pup at the Wild Canid Research Center near St. Louis, MO.

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Mexican gray wolf pup at the Wild Canid Research Center near St. Louis, MO.

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Mexican gray wolf nursing pups at the Wild Canid Research Center near St. Louis, MO.

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Mexican gray wolf and pup at the Wild Canid Research Center near St. Louis, MO.

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Mexican gray wolf and pup at the Wild Canid Research Center near St. Louis, MO.

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Mexican gray wolf and pup at the Wild Canid Research Center near St. Louis, MO.

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Mexican gray wolf (endangered) at the Wild Canid Center in St. Louis, MO

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An endangered sea otter (Enhydra lutris) and its pup on Adak Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands.

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An endangered sea otter (Enhydra lutris) and its pup on Adak Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands.

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Northern fur seals (Vulnerable Red List status) at a rookery on St. George Island in the Pribilofs (Alaska).

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Northern fur seals (Vulnerable Red List status) at a rookery on St. George Island in the Pribilofs (Alaska).

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Biologists use a hook fastened to a pole to try and disentangle a female Northern fur seal at a rookery on St. George Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. If she grows any more, she will die, and her pup will then die from starvation.

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After trying unsuccessfully to disentangle a female Northern fur seal at a rookery with a hook fastened to a pole, biologists try to rope her pup in order to get her to hold still long enough for them to free her from the debris that will cause her death if she grows any more. (St. George Island in Alaska’s Pribilofs) Islands.

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Biologists use a hook fastened to a pole to try and disentangle a female Northern fur seal at a rookery on St. George Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. If she grows any more, she will die, and her pup will then die from starvation.

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A female Northern fur seal and her pup at a rookery on St. George Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. She’s become entangled in some debris — if she grows any more, she will die, and her pup will then die from starvation. Biologists later try to use a hook fastened to a pole to remove the debris, unsuccessfully.

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Biologists use a hook fastened to a pole to try and disentangle a female Northern fur seal at a rookery on St. George Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. If she grows any more, she will die, and her pup will then die from starvation.

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A female Northern fur seal and her pup at a rookery on St. George Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. She’s become entangled in some debris — if she grows any more, she will die, and her pup will then die from starvation. Biologists later try to use a hook fastened to a pole to remove the debris, unsuccessfully.

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A female Northern fur seal and her pup at a rookery on St. George Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. She’s become entangled in some debris — if she grows any more, she will die, and her pup will then die from starvation. Biologists later try to use a hook fastened to a pole to remove the debris, unsuccessfully.

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Biologist Brian deLong reaches into a Northern fur seal rookery with a pole to retrieve a dead pup for necropsy on St. George Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. Both seal and sea lion populations have declined sharply in recent years due to human overfishing.

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Biologist Terry Spraker looks out over a Northern fur sealrookery on St. George Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. Both seal and sea lion populations have declined sharply inrecent years due to human overfishing.

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Biologist Brian deLong reaches into a Northern fur seal rookery with a pole to retrieve a dead pup for necropsy on St. George Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. Both seal and sea lion populations have declined sharply in recent years due to human overfishing.

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Biologist Terry Spraker (background) and his assistant Brian deLong reach into a Northern fur seal rookery with a pole to retrieve a dead pup for necropsy on St. George Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. Both seal and sea lion populations have declined sharply in recent years due to human overfishing.

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