The Eastern Puma Has Been Officially Declared Extinct

The species hasn't been spotted in the wild for over 80 years
Eastern Puma
The extinction was reportedly caused by humans

The Eastern
Puma was officially declared extinct early this year by U.S Fish and Wildlife
Service (USFWS).

Endangered
to extinct

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
: "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."

Extinct Species
The species' numbers have been on a steady decline for more than a century

Human-caused

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 -
each day as a result of the human species’ destructive
dietary choices.

Delicate
balance

Further
loss of America's wild cats could severely disrupt the nation's ecological
balance.

: "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."

 

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