Endangered Mammals of North America
Which is Your Favorite?
Which is your favorite Endangered Mammal?
Down But, Not Out!
1. American Bison (Canada) The American Bison or Buffalo is near extinction but, hanging on by a thread and making a comeback because, there are people who care enough to make a difference. These activists work tirelessly each day to not let these animals go extinct. There are around 500,000 buffalo in the wild and captivity today. That is a far cry from the over four million, that was estimated to have previously roamed the earth. These are certainly not something I have seen in person but, I have watched them on National Geographic.
2. Amargosa Vole (California) The Armargosa or California Vole is near extinction and it's length is around 6.8 inches. They prefer eating oats, wheat and grass but, they also live in a desert area where their food is not abundant. Daily, they are also threatened by birds and other predators, which threaten their existence. They must constantly be on the lookout. That does not seem fair.
3. Bighorn Sheep (California) These sheep weigh up to three hundred pounds and their humongous horns can weigh over thirty pounds. There used to be millions of these animals now, there are only thousands. On a more positive note, The Boy Scouts have campaigned a cause that has helped keep these sheep from becoming extinct. Seeing these animals pound their horns together, is amazing. They do this during mating season.
4. Brown Bear (China, Italy) These huge bears weigh anywhere from seven hundred, to one thousand four hundred pounds and, there are at least two hundred thousand remaining in the wild. This number used to be a lot higher and in the millions. They are shot and killed for sport, and in defense of livelihood and, it needs to stop. I can not believe that people would feed a bear from their camp site. These bears are large and do not know when to stop. If you come across a mom and she has cubs, she will stop at nothing to protect her young. Bears look like they would be cuddly and cute but, they are protective.
5. Cougar (North and Central America) The Cougar or Puma can weigh up to two hundred thirty pounds and reach eight feet in length. These cats prey on deer, sheep, elk and moose. These numbers have dropped drastically due to them getting shot by hunters, or killed by other predators. The cougar is a graceful and beautiful animal.
6. Gray Wolf (U.S. and Mexico) It resembles a German Sheppard and weighs slightly over one hundred pounds. There are less than one hundred thousand remaining in the wild, compared to over one million twenty five years ago.
7. Giant Kangaroo Rat (California) This rodent is endangered and is very near extinction. These mice looking creatures are tan or brownish in color and their length is around six to seven inches. That measurement, does not include the tail.
8. Hualapai Vole (Arizona) This tiny vole is native to Arizona and Mexico. It is four to five inches in length and their numbers are dwindling to the low thousands. They are killed often and their habitat is constantly being taken away.
9. Jaguar (Mexico, Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico) After the tiger, and the lion, it is the largest cat in the wild, weighing up to three hundred fifty pounds. They number in the thousands but, their numbers have dropped drastically over the last fifty years or so. This is such a beautiful animal. I can not imagine anything being larger than a lion or tiger.
10. Mantled Howler Monkey (South America, Mexico) It is the loudest of all monkeys and although their number in the high thousands, they are nearing extinction. The males weigh up to twenty three pounds and they live in groups, or in clans of forty or more.
11. Mexican Bobcat (Central Mexico) This cat is about twice the size of a domesticated house cat. It lives mostly in Mexico and it is at home in the forest, swamps or the deserts. These cats are nocturnal and often prey on animals much bigger than they are. That is one huge feline.
12. Pygmy Rabbit (North America) This rabbit weighs less than a total pound and is listed as an endangered species. These little guys reside in areas with heavy shrubbery. These rabbits are really small.
13. Red Wolf (U.S.) These wolves are a mix between grey wolves and coyotes and they are around eighty to ninety pounds in weight. The National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina is responsible for a resurgence of this dying breed.
14. Stellar Sea Lion (Alaska, California, Canada, Oregon and Russia) This near threatened species is found mainly in the Northern Pacific. A male can weigh almost eight hundred pounds and reach eight feet in length. They may be gentle, I do not know and, I don't plan to find out. That is entirely too large of an animal for me.
15. West Indian Manatee (Caribbean Sea, South America Waters) The males can reach nine feet in length and weigh up to thirteen hundred pounds. It can live in fresh water or salt water climates but, their numbers are falling.
We really need to do as much as we can to protect these animals from extinction.
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