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First dinosaurs- now cougars?

Climate change makes a breed of DC mascot an extinct animal

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Noem, Melkonyan

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On February 18th, 2018, eastern pumas, that once lived in northeastern North America, were officially called extinct. After being unofficially called missing for eight decades, the eastern puma has been removed from the federal endangered species list. Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFW) announced the extinction in a release Monday, claiming the animal scientifically known as Puma Concolor Couguar has not been seen since one was last spotted in Maine 1938.  

Many traveled long distances and were hit by cars, shot by hunters, or killed by authorities and eventually caused overabundance of white tailed deer, decline of tree growth and loss of vegetative cover that ground nesting birds need. Since 1900, they little by little vanished due to systematic hunting and trapping.

Of course, climate change will continue to threaten species around the world in 2019, but the number of endangered species increases more and more because of the human activity and a loss of habitat.

Development for housing, industry, and agriculture reduces the habitat of native organisms. This distinct population of cougars once lived from Quebec to South Carolina and from Manitoba to Illinois. And to add to that, Del Campo proudly carried the honor of having the puma as the mascot. The school’s mascot is everything!

As our teams travel around Sacramento, they proudly present themselves as the cougars! Sadly, this sub-species is no longer with us, but we will always remember the mighty predators!

 

By Noem Melkonyan

Roar Staff Writer

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