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U.S. Patent No. D996,913 entitled “UTV Cooler Box” issued August 29, 2023 to Tractor Supply Co. of Texas, LP of Brentwood, Tennessee. Invented by Christian D. Fogg of Columbia, Tennessee; Mitchell Loren Wilgus of Spring Hill, Tennessee; Ty Rager of Brentwood, Tennessee; Spencer Carpenter of Lewisburg, Tennessee and Wei Hui of Shanghai, China. Claim: What is claimed is the ornamental design for a UTV cooler box, as shown and described.