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Wildlife Spy Drones
This photo provided by The U.S. Geological Survey,Todd Preston, Parallel Inc, launches a drone during a US Geological Survey project at Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii in May 2012. The U.S. Geological Survey started using unmanned aircraft for wildlife and land management work about two years ago. Its first Nevada mission, planned for August or September, involves counting sheep and deer within the Desert National Wildlife Refuge north of Las Vegas(AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, USGS)