The Eastern Puma was officially declared extinct early this year by U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
Many years prior to this tragic declaration, the species could be found in the eastern states of the country - particularly along the Mississippi River.
However, 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.
A formal notice from USFWS said: "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.
The human-driven assault on pumas was, in part, motivated by the animals interfering with the farming of livestock.
Pumas are not the only species to go extinct at the hands of humans - up to 200 species reportedly go extinct each day as a result of the human species’ destructive dietary choices.
Further loss of America's wild cats could severely disrupt the nation's ecological balance.
Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity said: "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."
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
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