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13 animals hunted to extinction

By: Bryan Nelson on May 6, 2011, 12:45 p.m.
Atlas Bear

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Atlas bear

This extinct subspecies of brown bear was once Africa's only native bear. Recognized by the distinct reddish orange fur that covered its underparts, the animal was hunted to extinction almost entirely for the purpose of sport. In fact, they were often captured and used for the execution of criminals ad bestias after the Roman Empire expanded into North Africa.

The last specimens ever recorded being seen were killed by hunters in the 1870s.