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Sheepherder at work in Idaho

Sheepherder at work in Idaho

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Whether or not you like grazing on public lands, sheepherders work hard in the American West. Here, in the foothills of the Boulder Mountains of Idaho, on the morning of June 30, 2010. Photo by Nils Ribi, Sun Valley, Idaho