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Out There: And then there was one

The story of the passenger pigeon's extinction is a pitiful reminder of our thoughtlessness and greed.

Updated: April 25, 2006, 12:31 PM ET
By Keith "Catfish" Sutton | Special to ESPNOutdoors.com

Editor's note: Watch for Keith "Catfish" Sutton appearing on "The Casting Couch," a one-minute commentary on the wild world of fishing that airs on Saturdays during "BassCenter" on ESPN2.

In the early 1800s, passenger pigeons were the most common birds on earth, numbering in the billions.

They were beautiful, streamlined creatures with slate-blue heads and wine-colored breasts, as large as crows and incredibly swift and graceful flyers.

They nested from the Canadian provinces ...

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