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13 animals hunted to extinction

By: Bryan Nelson on May 6, 2011, 12:45 p.m.
Illustration of a Falkland Island Wolf

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Falkland Island wolf

This unique species of wolf, the only native mammal from the Falkland Islands, bears the unfortunate title of being the first known canid to have gone extinct in historical times.

Settlers of the islands were threatened by the wolf since they believed it hunted their sheep, so they systematically set out to shoot and poison the animals on a massive scale. The wolf officially went extinct in 1876.