Extinct Animals : Vancouver Island Marmot
The world population of this animal, about the size of a woodchuck, is found only on a few of the higher mountains on Vancouver Island. Dependent on a very restrictive habitat of alpine and sub-alpine meadows and avalanche slopes, the Vancouver Island marmot has suffered from human interference through logging, recreational activity, and hunting. Its numbers have been declining since its discovery in 1910, and it is estimated that fewer than 70 animals now remain.
This endangered species has gained the attention of naturalist groups and government agencies. Protective measures call for no further habitat disturbances, especially logging, mining, and ski developments; complete protection from hunting; and a ban on scientific collecting.