When the first Europeans arrived in North America, the landscape didn't just look different from today - it featured extinct animals most of us wouldn't recognize. The sky swarmed with pink-breasted pigeons and colorful parakeets, seals played in the Gulf of Mexico, and Native American tribes raised dog breeds that would make you do a double take.
The extinct species that once lived in North America spanned from bears to butterflies. Many of these animals were hunted to extinction by humans, while others faded from history without a clear explanation. These endangered creatures left holes in their ecosystem, and many habitats changed forever. Sadly, you won't see these animals in your lifetime - unless you visit a natural history museum.
Mexican Grizzly Bear
Caribbean Monk Seal
Florida Black Wolf