Loss of mammals throughout the world a crisis of our own making

Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin

Source:A Humane Nation, Wayne Pacelle’s Blog

When a trophy hunter or rancher kills a wolf, it can have a cascading, splintering effect, leading to the deaths of other members of the pack, particularly yearling wolves and pups. Featured image: Photo by Alamy

Approximately 59 percent of the world’s biggest mammalian carnivore species—from wolves to tigers to lions— and 60 percent of the largest herbivores, are now listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species as threatened with extinction, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. That information is at the core of a new report from dozens of scientists from six continents, published in the journal Bioscience, that details how large mammals throughout the world are facing an existential crisis. The report warns that “business as usual” will allow the declines to continue and eventually lead to the extinction of some of the world’s…

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  1. I doubt that we as a species can ever really learn. We are not just making these magnificent creatures extinct, we are also dooming ourselves.

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