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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.

Endangered to extinct

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 statement released by the 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.”

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, according to the USFWS.

It 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

Emily Court is a writer and content creator published in Plant Based News, Raise Vegan, Living Vegan and The Financial Diet. A self-described "recovering vegan hothead," she is now a pragmatic member of Vancouver's vibrant and growing plant-powered community. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she holds a BA in Spanish and certificate in Intercultural Communication from Dalhousie University, where her thesis focused on topics of cultural and gender-based discrimination....