Puma was officially declared extinct early this year by U.S Fish and Wildlife
prior to this tragic declaration, the species could be found in the eastern
states of the country - particularly along the Mississippi River.
the Eastern Puma had been listed as an endangered species for some time - and hasn't
been seen in the wild in over 80 years.
notice from USFWS
: "Given the period of time that has passed without
verification of even a single Eastern puma, the Service concludes that the last
remaining members of this subspecies perished decades ago."
The cats' numbers have reportedly been dropping for over 100 years, in part due to hunting,
habitat destruction, and systematic trapping.
human-driven assault on pumas was, in part, motivated by the animals
interfering with the farming of livestock.
not the only species to go extinct at the hands of humans -
each day as a result of the human species’ destructive
loss of America's wild cats could severely disrupt the nation's ecological
: "We need large carnivores
like cougars to keep the wild food web healthy. Cougars would curb deer
overpopulation and tick-borne diseases that threaten human health."