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Endangered Animals Theme Unit
The Endangered Species Act



The Endangered Species Act
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     challenging words:    de-listed, Overhunting, presently, invasive, destruction, conservation, federal, dodo, purpose, bighorn, industry, mink, remain, decline, logging, recovery
     content words:    Cincinnati Zoo, Pacific Northwest, United States, Endangered Species Act, Species Act


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The Endangered Species Act
By Joyce Furstenau
  

1     Just like America has laws to protect its citizens, certain animals have laws that protect them. These are the endangered species. Endangered means these animals are in danger of dying out. Several hundred animals have already died out in America. Some extinct mammals are the Oregon bison, Badlands bighorn sheep, sea mink, eastern elk, and the giant deer mouse. There are also several fish, insects, birds, and amphibians that have died out in the last 500 years.
 
2     Why have these species gone extinct? There are four significant reasons why some species are disappearing. Many of the reasons have to do with humans.
 
3     Overhunting by men is what caused the passenger pigeon to go extinct. When settlers came to America, they loved the taste of these birds. They hunted them with no restrictions. The last passenger pigeon died at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914.

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