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Eastern Puma Officially Extinct, Experts Declare

The last living eastern puma, mountain lion or cougar sighting was in 1938.

The Eastern Puma, also called the cougar, mountain lion, panther and catamount, has been declared officially extinct, according to a federal agency.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service declared the Eastern puma, which was last sighted 80 years ago, extinct, lifting all protection programs for the animal. The Eastern Puma has now been removed from the list of endangered species for the last time.

The animal roamed areas in Michigan, New England, Southern Ontario, the Carolinas, and Tennessee.

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However, the last one was seen alive in 1938, which means that no single cougar has been sighted for decades. The declaration has been done for formality since many believed that the species has been extinct long before.

However, it was necessary to announce it just now because a species can be listed as endangered only if it's believed to still exist.

US Fish and Wildlife Service said in a statement:

“Data from researchers, 21 states and Canadian provinces across the subspecies’ former eastern North American range indicate the eastern cougar likely disappeared forever at least 70 years ago.”

Some sightings of cougars or their tracks were still reported in parts of the Eastern United States, over the past decades. However, upon examination of the tracks, they were actually other animals like coyotes, bobcats, black bears or even dogs.

The cougar or puma was once the most widely distributed land mammal in the Western Hemisphere. However, a rapid decline in the population occurred since the European settlement has started.

The decline was because of trapping, hunting, and poisoning.

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In addition, the loss of their natural habitat as a result of urbanization, and the hunting of whitetail deer, their primary source of food, has also contributed to their peril.

“Accounts suggest that most eastern cougars disappeared in the 1800s, killed out of fear for
human and livestock safety and were victims of massive deforestation and overharvesting of
white-tailed deer, the cougar’s primary prey.”

On the other hand, the removal of the eastern cougar does not affect the status of the Florida panther, another cougar subspecies, the agency said.

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Giant Centipede Can Devour Prey 15 Times Their Size In 30 Seconds

A bite from these venomous centipedes can be really deadly.

A shocking footage shows a giant centipede killing a prey 15 times its size in just seconds, thanks to a deadly venom scientists have identified.

In the ecosystem, most predators hunt and kill smaller animals. However, in a new footage released by scientists, a golden head centipede (Scolopendra subspinipes mutilans) can devour its prey, even larger ones, in just seconds by releasing a very deadly venom.

Now, the scientists have identified the toxin, dubbed as the Ssm Spooky Toxin, that makes the centipede's venom so fatal.

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They characterized a peptide in the venom, which interferes the ion channels in nerve cells. This power allows the centipede to kill its prey in a short span of time. ...

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Elephant in Thailand Can Actually Do Self-Portrait Painting

She also creates little hearts and even writes her name afterwards!

We all know that elephants are very intelligent animals, but we don't expect them to start picking up a paintbrush and actually paint. Well, seeing Suda, an elephant in Thailand, will surely change your mind.

Suda has become famous for her art. Seriously. She uses her trunk to move the brush and do a self-portrait!

Suda grasps the brush with the tip of her trunk and draws an accurate picture of an elephant.

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She also creates little hearts and even writes her name afterwards!

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Illegal Wildlife Trade Is Rampant In The Philippines Using Facebook, Watchdog Finds

Many traders admit that these animals caught in the wild don’t come with permits.

Facebook has made it possible for people from different parts of the world to connect with each other with such ease and convenience. Not only that, the social network is a place where people can promote their business, keep up with their favorite personalities, and enjoy games. It also has become a place where wildlife trafficking happens.

Facebook is found to be the main market for illegal wildlife trade in the Philippines, according to a new study. Wildlife trading monitoring network TRAFFIC conducted the survey and it found that thousands of endangered reptile species are being sold through Facebook groups in just three months.

Apparently, Facebook is being used as a platform for illegal wildlife trading.

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According to TRAFFIC's report, titled Trading Faces: Utilisation of Facebook to Trade Live Reptiles in the Philippines, illegal traders use internet-based services to conduct the illicit activities because there is a lack of monitoring from authorities. Facebook happens to be the most popular choice of these illegal traders. ...

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