Are all or certain animal populations endangered by the Dragonborn? Can I, by my hunting, drive the whole population of wolves, mammoths, and giants into extinction? Or will the game repopulate the world again? If so, is there a pattern?

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    For regular animals: Is there a finite amount of foxes/wolves/horkers, etc.?. Don't know about giants and mammoths, though. Nov 30, 2011 at 3:16
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    Yes, if you kill enough of any animal type, PETA activists appear. They're easy to kill but, being naked, they don't have any loot :(
    – Coomie
    Nov 30, 2011 at 5:03
  • That must be how I obtain human hearts for alchemy.
    – Arkive
    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:15
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    Naked? They're wearing human suits.
    – Illiad
    Nov 30, 2011 at 6:17

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I just fast traveled to

Secunda's Kiss

to check out whether giants respawn. I killed the giants there on my first trip from Riverwood to Whiterun by abusing the pathing.

The giants were back. They do respawn.

SevenSidedDie points to the answer for animals in his comment: yes, they also respawn.

I also recently revisited


and the dragon there had respawned, so even the static dragons respawn.

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    Note that if you kill the same dragon multiple times, you can only absorb its soul the first time.
    – Adeese
    Jan 25, 2012 at 17:01

I have killed every Mammoth and Giant at the Giant camp sites. When fast traveling back to the camp sites later, I have found that although the Giants do re-spawn, the Mammoths do not.

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    I don't think this is correct. I'm pretty sure I've killed mammoths multiple times. Pretty much anything without a unique name respawns.
    – agf
    Jan 25, 2012 at 23:27

The Giants and Mammoths can become extinct if you check the elder scrolls wiki it says for ''the cursed tribe mission'' ''If every giant camp has already been cleared before completing this quest, the giants will be extinct, as will the mammoths.''


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