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13 animals hunted to extinction

By: Bryan Nelson on May 6, 2011, 12:45 p.m.
Illustration of a Sea Mink

Photo: Mammals Revealed/New York State Museum

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Sea mink

Aside from the Falkland Islands wolf, the sea mink is the only other terrestrial mammal species in the order Carnivora to go extinct in historic times. Prized for its fur, this tiny creature was vigorously hunted until its extinction in the 1860s.

Unfortunately, the hunting of the sea mink was so rapid that there was never any time for its behavior to have been described by science. Needless to say, those facts are now lost forever.