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Reader's Best Wildlife Slideshow

These wildlife images will inspire you.
One of the beauties of escaping into nature is the possibility to experience the wild and wonderful animal kingdom. Readers submit hundreds of wildlife photos to our photo contests. Here are the top 10 from the 2013 Readers Choice Photo Contest.

Enter the current photo contest here.
  • A mule deer buck in velvet "tasting" the air. Photo by reader Jack Hailman from Jupiter, Florida
  • A young bobcat stares at reader Patrick Jarrett from Redding, California on the banks of the Upper Sacramento River.
  • Zachary Yodis from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania captured a snake eating a frog along the Appalachian Trail in Maine.
  • An egret's white feathers stand out against the green foliage in this photo taken by reader Patrick Jarrett from Redding, California.
  • Reader James Bond from Wisconsin Rapids caught these majestic elk grazing in a foggy meadow.
  • Matthew Wakelee from Hamburg, New York encountered these two mountain goats while hiking in Glacier National Park.
  • This is a rare cascade red fox on Mt. Rainier according to reader/photographer Geoff Gribble from Portland, Oregon.
  • Steve Neis from Fort Collins, Colorado spotted this mountain goat while hiking on the Ten Mile Traverse in Breckenridge, Colorado.
  • Though Denali National Park has tons of large animals to see, reader Skylar McCullough from Odenton, Maryland reminds us not to overlook the small creatures.
  • Paul Seymour from Westland, Michigan snapped this photo of a wild charging elk during a hike in Colorado.
A mule deer buck in velvet "tasting" the air. Photo by reader Jack Hailman from Jupiter, Florida
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A mule deer buck in velvet "tasting" the air. Photo by reader Jack Hailman from Jupiter, Florida

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