The plate on the left was Alaska’s 1976 base; in 2015 the standing bear appeared again, with a very different background.
Montana specialties for the environment and a wildlife park and museum.
Virginia depicted a bear for its Shenandoah plate that is much like the one on the North Carolina Smokies plate, but uses a full-figured (albeit smaller) version for the Wildlife Conservationist issue. Louisiana has its own species of black bear and honors it as such.
DEER & BUCKS
All of these specialties feature a deer or buck left of the serial.
The most famous and honored animal in Kentucky is the thoroughbred; the Bluegrass State is home to many racehorse farms. The Horse Council plate has been redesigned twice; first just the serial was changed, with a stacked suffix; then the horse, sky, and bluegrass all received a makeover, and the font color changed to all black.
These plates benefit Horse Power, an agency devoted to the protection of wild horses, and the Montana Horse Sanctuary.
These plates benefit the Reno Rodeo Foundation and the Montana Weed Control Association.
The Appaloosa is a horse breed memorable for its spotted coat.
The Kansas plate is a design just for vanities, the North Dakota base was introduced in 1993, and the Montana is a specialty plate.
A moose, Maine’s state animal, graces Maine, Minnesota, and New Hampshire specialties.
Kentucky’s “Nature’s Finest” series has included a bobcat; the one on the left was issued first, then the second when more characters in the serial were needed.
Florida came out with a specialty for the panther in 1990, then revised it 3 years later.
Montana and Pennsylvania used different approaches on their big cat plates.
OTHER WILD ANIMALS
All kinds of animals find their way on to plates, from turkeys to polar bears and everything in between.