These Animals are Disappearing from North American Forests

Featured Replanting Our National Forests

These Animals are Disappearing from North American Forests

By Sheereen Othman | June 19, 2018

Our forests are home to critical wildlife habitat. When our forests are threatened, it also threatens the homes of all the diverse wildlife habitat that live there. Natural disasters, urbanization, and agriculture are just a few of the common causes of deforestation. But as deforestation continues to rise, the animals that call it home start to disappear. These are just a few of the endangered and threatened animals disappearing as recorded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Jaguar

Panthera once

The jaguar is the second largest cat species in North America (after the cougar). Jaguar live in a range of habitats like forests and tropic forests, open terrains, swamps, and woodlands from Arizona and California to Louisiana and New Mexico. The jaguar also plays a key role in stabilizing ecosystems.

Ocelot

Leopardus pardalis

Native to the southwest U.S. and Mexico, the ocelot is a small wildcat with black speckles and stripes. It likes roaming at night and climbing trees to pester monkeys and birds. But unlike many cats, the ocelot also enjoys swimming.

Have You Visited a Forest Lately?

Key Deer

Odocoileus virginianus clavium

The key deer is the smallest species of deer on North America. Their favorite food is the red mangrove, but they will nibble on more than 150 species of native plants. They only live in the Florida Keys and can be found swimming between islands.

Grizzly bear

Ursus arctos ssp

The grizzly bear, often called the brown bear, is usually found in the northwest of North America. It is believed that there are only 1,500 grizzlies left in the U.S. They can vary in color from blond to deep brown to black depending on where they live. It’s believed that their habitat, diet, and temperature can impact their color.

Red Wolf

Canis rufus

The red wolf is considered the rarest species of wolf and is one of the five most endangered species of canid in the world. Named after its reddish fur, the red wolf is believed to be one of the first wolf species colonists discovered when they first came to the country. They are a cross between the coyote and gray wolf.

Brook Trout are Signs of a Clean Watershed

California Condor

Gymnogyps californianus

The California Condor is the biggest North American land bird. In 1987 the condor became completely extinct in the wild. But thanks to captive breeding programs, the species has been reintroduced into the wild. The condor is the only survivor of the Gymnogyps genus.

There are many factors that affect the survival of precious wildlife. One of the first steps to protecting endangered and threatened species is protecting their habitat. When our forests start to disappear, so do the animals that call them home.

Visit Replanting our Forests to learn how you can protect these animals from disappearing from our forests forever.

endangered wildlifeforest animalsforest wildlife

1 Comments

Share:
facebook
twitter
pinterest
googleplus
linkedin

Sheereen Othman

Communications Associate, Marketing Communications

You Might Also Like

Beneficiary Stories

December 8, 2014

Happy National Rivers and Water Month!

June 13, 2016

Record-breaking temperatures and drought increase risk of wildfires, highlight need for replanting

June 13, 2012

1 Comment

  • Reply
    Bob
    June 20, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    This is great info coming from a local tree service.

  • Leave a Reply Cancel Reply

    Name *

    Email *

    Website

    Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


    Original Article