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The federally endangered Red-Cockaded Woodpecker became extinct in Kentucky in approximately 2001.
The accompanying photograph was taken in Pulaski County in Eastern Kentucky, where a few nesting colonies remained alive.
However, because of the severe droughts in the late 1990s, which caused many of the Short-Leaf Pine Trees to die, an infestation of the Southern Pine beetle that further devastated the pine trees, plus probably too much logging in the Daniel Boone National Forest, the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker had lost its habitat.
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