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13 animals hunted to extinction

By: Bryan Nelson on May 6, 2011, 12:45 p.m.
A stuffed dodo bird at the Oxford Museum of Natural History

Photo: Neil Turner [CC by SA-2.0]/Wikimedia Commons

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Hunted to death

Almost everyone is familiar with the tragic story of the dodo bird, the passive, flightless bird that was hunted to extinction by humans only about 100 years after its initial discovery in 1581. The phrase "to go the way of the dodo" is a linguistic reminder that careless hunting of nature's creatures can end in tragedy. Though the phrase is an established part of our language, the lesson has taken longer to learn.

Numerous species have been wiped out primarily by human hunters in the last couple hundred years alone. In memoriam, here's our list of 13 animals that have been hunted to extinction. (Text: Bryan Nelson)