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13 animals hunted to extinction

By: Bryan Nelson on May 6, 2011, 12:45 p.m.
Stuffed Carolina Parakeet

Photo: Fritz Geller-Grimm/Wiki Commons/CC License

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Carolina parakeet

Today the United States are not home to any species of parrot, but that wasn't always the case. One species called the Carolina parakeet thrived in North America until as recently as the early 1900s, common from has far north as the Ohio valley and as far south as the Gulf of Mexico.

The species' demise came shortly after its beautiful, colorful feathers became fashionable to wear as decorations in ladies' hats. The last known wild specimen was killed in Okeechobee County, Florida in 1904, and the species was officially declared extinct in 1939.