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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 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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Bison graze at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge in Nebraska.

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Bison graze at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge in Nebraska.

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Bison graze at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge in Nebraska.

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Bison graze at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge in Nebraska.

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Bison graze at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge in Nebraska.

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Bison graze at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge in Nebraska.

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

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A river winds through the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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A tourist surveys darts used by the military as targets in practice flights over Cabeza Prieta NWR, Arizona.

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A refuge worker after a day of working longhorn cattle on the Fort Niobrara NWR near Valentine, Nebraska.

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Refuge workers prepare to sort out longhorn cattle at Fort Niobrara NWR near Valentine, Nebraska.

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A refuge worker after a day of working longhorn cattle on the Fort Niobrara NWR near Valentine, Nebraska.

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Big Spring in Ash Meadows NWR, home to the endangered Devil’s Hole pupfish, as well as many other species unique to the refuge.

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The endangered Devil’s Hole pupfish, captive at Ash MeadowsNWR.

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The endangered Devil’s Hole pupfish, captive at Ash MeadowsNWR.

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Managers at the Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR must use controlled fire to kill invasive woody species and keep the prairie healthy.

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American wood storks (endangered) in the Florida Panther NWR.

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Juvenile California condors, (Gymnogyps californianus) critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered, recently released into the wild, feed on a calf that was left for them by biologists. (Los Padres Nat’l Forest)

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The endangered Florida Key deer’s cause wasn’t helped when developers found a loophole and put a housing development inside the Florida Key Deer NWR. The deer are hit and killed by motorists faster than they can reproduce.

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Endangered Florida panther caught in the wild with a cameratrap at the Florida Panther NWR near Naples, Florida. This panther is suffering from mange and ringworm as a result of inbreeding within the small population. Upon seeing the animal, biologists remarked on how good it looked compared to the last time they radio-collared it.

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Caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, doing their best to avoid mosquitoes along the coast.

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Spread out across the uplands of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Porcupine caribou herd grazes in the midnightsun. The coastal plain of ANWR has become a battleground in the war for drilling on the Slope.

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Domestic reindeer being herded via helicopter on Nunivak Island, part of the Yukon Delta NWR.

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