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Kathryn Wilcox, Writer

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Throughout the years, as human population grows and continue to utilize natural resources at ridiculous rates. This has led to the extinction process highly accelerating. As the human race exceeds 7 billion in population, and continues to grow, the list of animal species extinct growing everyday.

One species currently facing extinction is the common polar bear As a direct result of our rapid population growth, we’ve needed to increase the use of fossil fuels. This is causing the ice platforms of the Arctic and Alaska to move farther apart, which makes swimming conditions for the bears more dangerous. Since the ice platforms are melting and coming apart, this gives the bears less territory, even if they can swim out 100 miles for food sources. And, with land decreasing, it gives them less opportunity to hunt and increases food scarcity.

There are other species in addition, that are also  in danger of complete extinction, such as; the Florida Panther, Loggerhead Sea Turtle, San Joaquin kit fox, and the now recently extinct, West African Black Rhinoceros.

We are currently losing hundreds to thousands of species everyday thanks to the human race. According to the national U.S. group, Center for Biological Diversity, nearly 20,000 types of species are in high danger of becoming extinct from habitat loss, exotic species introduction and global warming.

Today, in order to help animals under risk, scientists and human environmentalists are moving animals from their native homes to survive the increase of population, pollution  and habitat loss.One thousand species of animals have already been relocated due to poaching and humans expanding into their habitat.

Most people aren’t aware of the extent of animals going extinct, or they just don’t care. Some people think if they don’t know how to stop animal extinction, or they don’t know how to lessen the blow, then it can’t be their problem.

However, there are multiple ways a citizen can help to slow animal extinction and there are simple steps to saving possibly hundreds to thousands of species.

One step we can take in order to save endangered animals, is to make your home environment friendly. This means securing you’re garbage outside so bears, foxes or other wildlife can’t get it. This also prevents the possibility of them getting poisoned or harmed. You can also feed and lock your pets indoors at night to decrease the chance of a wild animals being attracted to your home or going inside.

Another easy step is to slow down when driving. Thousands of animals are killed a year due to fast vehicles colliding, and it could also save human lives.

By protecting and securing the safety of the endangered animals, we can help the species grow again in an open, safe environment. If this is successful, we can continue to help them by peacefully letting their population flourish again.

 

Sources;

The Huffington Post

  • Article Title: 11 Animals That Are Now Extinct … And It’s Our Fault
  • Publisher: TheHuffingtonPost.com
  • Date Accessed: September 26, 2016
  • Author: James Gerken

Website Title: Endangered Species Coalition

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