Extinct Animal : Eskimo Curlew
Now almost extinct, this shorebird once migrated in huge flocks between its remote breeding grounds on the taiga to its wintering grounds in Argentina. Each year, on its way there and back, it faced a slaughter in fall, winter, and spring by gunners who sometimes filled wagons with the birds.
By the beginning of the 1900s, the Eskimo curlew was considered extinct, but a few sightings in the past decades in Canada and the United States indicate the existence of a small breeding population. The breeding grounds are yet to be discovered in the North. The bird now has complete legal protection.