Before I continue, let me clarify one thing — I am not talking about the extinction of linchpin species. They are needed for the ecosystem to thrive and exist. The are essential. I am talking about end-species, like the tiger.
Before the hate comments start rolling in, hear me out.
Let me take you back tens of thousands of years ago. To the time of the extinction of the saber-toothed tiger (or the wooly mammoth — whichever sails your boat. The logic is the same).