There is an abundance of all creatures great and small in the State of Maine. When you think of animals living in Maine several come to mind such as deer, moose, black bears, and chickadees. Those populations are thriving in Maine.

However, there are several species that once made a home for themselves in Maine, but have either become extinct, or extirpated, meaning that a species exists elsewhere but no longer in a specific geographic area.

There are several reasons that animals that once lived here no longer do, but nearly all of if has to do with humans. Hunting and harvesting of land and forests can cause a population of animals in Maine to slowly dwindle to extinction or extirpation.

We've put together a list of five animals that used to be found in the State of Maine, but are now gone. Some of these may surprise you.

5 Animals That Are No Longer Found In Maine