Humans have plenty of ways to push pet predators or predators to the brink of extinction, with habitat destruction, poaching, pollution, and climate change decimating some species completely.
Pets and predators are almost extinct
Scientists say that the planet is on the brink of the sixth mass extinction catastrophe, known as the “Anthropocene extinction”, or the era resulting from human activity, and we can see in that era erasing at least 75% of the Earth’s creatures.
But as humans began a series of extinctions, which research says were “the worst in 65 million years”, humans have shown that some of the damage they’ve caused can be reversed.
Sometimes the damage done by humans is irreparable, but as these successful conservation stories of endangered animals demonstrate, the effort to atone for our sins can have profound and positive effects.
1-Channel Islands Fox
These tiny foxes inhabit the national parks of the Channel Islands, a chain of islands off the coast of California, and faced a “catastrophic” population decline in the late 1990s, according to the Huff Post.
The number of foxes that were no larger than the size of a domestic cat decreased by 90% on four out of the six islands where they lived. Santa Rosa from 1780 to 15 foxes only.
Scientists assume that golden eagles are the main threat facing small mammals, and the islands are not the original habitat of these birds, which began migrating to them in the nineties of the last century, after the people used DDT pesticides, which also caused the eradication of the larger national bald eagle. , out of existence.
The National Park Service explained on its website: “The ferocity of the golden eagle was unprecedented, and it was considered abnormal because the golden eagle was not born or found before on those islands, and it was rarely observed there until that time,” and continued: “Golden eagles preyed on their claws.” Its sharpness, its graceful flight, its size four times that of a fox, are easily helpless foxes in front of it.”
This species of fox was added to the endangered species list in 2004, a move that sparked a massive and concerted effort to save the animal from the brink of extinction.
Stimulating and enabling laws to protect endangered species, 300 scientists and conservation experts, nonprofits, state and federal agencies have taken action, including controlling golden eagle breeding and reintroduction programs.
In December 2016, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the numbers of foxes on the islands of Santa Miguel, Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz had “completely improved”, while the fourth subspecies, the Santa Catalina Island Fox, had fallen from endangered to threatened.
While the former head of the Fish and Wildlife Organization, Dan Ash, announced in a statement, “It was believed in 2004 that these foxes would be extinct by 50% in the next decade, but today we are announcing that three of the four species have recovered and the fourth is on the way to do so.” .