Tuesday, May 1, 2012

When is an animal or plant Endangered?

Why Do Animals Become Endangered?

For the most part we humans are responsible when animals become extinct, endangered or threatened.

Here are some reasons why animals become endangered

A species is called endangered when there are so few of its kind left that it could disappear and become extinct.

When does an Endangered animal no longer an Endangered animal?

When members of the officials at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stand to profit from contractors when they buy their lives!


Destruction~ of Habitat to build homes, roads and other developments. Pollution from oil spills and water pollution have been devastating for many species of fish and birds. Hunting/Fishing animals are over-hunted because their meat, fur and other parts are very valuable. When animals or plants arrive into a new habitat from a foreign place they introduce diseases the native species can't fight, other sspecies can also prey on the native species.

According to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, a species can be listed as endangered if it is threatened by any of the following:

  1. The present or threatened destruction, modification, or curtailment of its habitat or range.
  2. Utilization for commercial, sporting, scientific, or educational purposes at levels that detrimentally affect it [a species].
  3. Disease or predation.
  4. Absence of regulatory mechanisms adequate to prevent the decline of a species or degradation of its habitat.
  5. Other natural or man-made factors affecting its continued existence.

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