National Park Service (NPS) employee Bill Dabney leads a pack of mules loaded with tools and supplies on June 9, 2009 into in Grand Canyon, Arizona.
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GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ - A version of March Madness has critters at the Grand Canyon pitted against each other in a popularity contest.
Grand Canyon officials joked that the cougar won by such a wide margin Wednesday that the gopher snake might not come out if its burrow again. The striped skunk also beat out the golden-mantled ground squirrel.
Voting takes place on Grand Canyon National Park's Facebook page .
The elite eight matchups begin Friday.
The ring-tailed cat will face the bobcat, while the common raven takes on the bighorn sheep.
The California condor and a colorful songbird also remain in the competition.
The winner will be decided April 5.
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