to make fish species extinct


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I am writing about a dam in Laos:

Allegedly, the dam threatens to make several fish species extinct, including the critically endangered Mekong Giant Catfish and migratory fish species, through a blocked fish migration route.

Probably there is a verb I could use instead of this 'make extinct', but I cannot think of any. I would be grateful for help :)
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    Actually, no. The closest is 'extinguish', which looks as if it could be used for 'make extinct', but isn't. There are of course expressions like 'destroy' or 'wipe out', but none that specifically refers to extinction.

    Edit: It's been discussed here before, with the same conclusion.
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