The beauty of nature includes the animals that live on this earth. However, every year the list of endangered animals seems to grow longer. Yet, the government has been able to protect some species from extinction and allow them to continue to contribute to our ecosystem.
Of course the laws of nature dictate that some species will become extinct for natural reasons. Arguably, the most famous example of this is the dinosaurs. While the cause of their extinction may be debated, it was clearly not the fault of human beings who did not yet exist.
The following animals are currently in danger of becoming extinct due to actions by humans. The government has taken actions to try and prevent their extinction and to allow them to continue to contribute to the balance of nature. Some of these animals include:
North Atlantic Right Whales: These marine mammals are put in danger by ships and fishing gear. They become injured by colliding with ships or becoming entangled in the fishing gear. Contaminants and climate changes may also be a threat. North Atlantic Right Whales have been protected by the government in some form since 1931. Today, specific guidelines in are in place to protect the animals.
Atlantic Salmon: Atlantic Salmon are threatened by climate changes, pollution, poor water quality and loss of habitat. Regulations have been in place since 2000 to attempt to deal with the threat to Atlantic Salmon. Protection is a partnership between the state of Maine and the United States government.
Snow Leopard: This animal, native to Central Asia, is currently on the endangered species list. It is threatened by loss of habitat and human hunting for its fur. Several international organizations are working toward the preservation of the Snow Leopard.
Sometimes, efforts to prevent extinction are realized and a species is thought to have repopulated enough to be secure in nature. Some of these species include:
Bald Eagle: The Bald Eagle’s numbers increased from around 400 pairs to more than 11,000 pairs from 1963-2007 when it was removed from the endangered species list.
Grizzly Bear: Like the Bald Eagle, the Grizzly Bear’s numbers increased dramatically and was able to be removed from the endangered species list in 2007.
While it goes without saying that human beings need to continue to develop their societies and further their economic and social goals, humans also need to be mindful of the other species living on this earth. We are not alone. The way animals and even plants are intertwined to form the balance of nature on this earth is complex and should be respected.
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