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Take a Look at the Official Pets and Animals of Every State

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26. Montana
> State pet: N/A
> State mammal(s): Grizzly bear
> State bird: Western meadowlark
> State fish and aquatic life: Black-spotted cutthroat trout

The grizzly is the largest carnivore in America and can weigh up to 1,500 pounds. It became the official state animal of Montana in 1983, having beaten out 73 other animals in elections run by schoolchildren. In 2017, the United States Fish & Wildlife Service removed the population of grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park, which extends from Wyoming into Montana, from the threatened species list.

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27. Nebraska
> State pet: N/A
> State mammal(s): White-tailed deer
> State bird: Western meadowlark
> State fish and aquatic life: Channel catfish

The western meadowlark was designated the official state bird of Nebraska in 1929. It is in the same family as the yellow-headed blackbird and is about the same size as a robin. It has a yellow throat and breast with a characteristic black “V.”

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28. Nevada
> State pet: N/A
> State mammal(s): Desert bighorn sheep
> State bird: Mountain bluebird
> State fish and aquatic life: Lahontan cutthroat trout

The desert bighorn sheep has been the official state animal of Nevada since 1973. As its name suggests, the desert bighorn sheep is distinguished by its large horns, which grow throughout its life. Both males and females have horns, although the males’ are bigger and more curved. They are well adapted to the desert environment and can go for long periods without water, but they are nevertheless an endangered species.

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29. New Hampshire
> State pet: Chinook
> State mammal(s): White-tailed deer and bobcat
> State bird: Purple finch
> State fish and aquatic life: Brook trout and striped bass

The Chinook is the only dog breed that originated in New Hampshire. It became the official state dog in 2009. The Chinook was developed by Arthur Walden, a New Hampshire native who spent time in Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush and wanted to breed his own line of sled dogs. A scarce breed, the Chinook is also a great family pet as well as an able working dog.

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30. New Jersey
> State pet: N/A
> State mammal(s): the horse
> State bird: eastern goldfinch
> State fish and aquatic life: brook trout and knobbed whelk

The horse has been the official animal of New Jersey since 1977. The state’s association with horses goes back a lot farther than that, however. The state seal, which was designed in 1777, features a horse’s head. New Jersey is home to numerous horse farms as well as the United States Equestrian Team Foundation.