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Mule Deer

When alarmed, mule deer bound away with four feet hitting the ground together at each bound. This is called “slotting” and is different from white-tailed deer who spring from hind to front feet.

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Monarch Butterfly

The monarch’s bright coloring warns predators not to eat it. Their toxins come from milkweed plants, which are the only food source for the caterpillars. While animals that eat a monarch butterfly usually do not die, they will get sick enough to avoid monarchs in the future.

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Loggerhead Shrike

Some insects and amphibians are naturally toxic to birds, so shrikes store these toxic animals on thorns or barbed wire for a day or two until the toxins have degraded and the food is safe to eat.

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Showy Prairie Gentian

Showy prairie gentian is considered one of the handsomest prairie wildflowers.

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Regal Fritillary

The regal fritillary is thought to be one of the most spectacular Temperate Zone butterflies in the world, especially females are striking when seen in the field.

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