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Originally Posted by LastPlace
....................................snip.................. but it is we who are often encroaching on wildlife.
It's not that simple. All animals, humans included, migrate to enhance their survival. None of us have title to a certain territory forever and ever. There have always been conflicts over territory, food, water and who gets eaten. At the present time, Cougars are increasing in numbers and moving into areas where they have been absent, or not as common, for a hundred years (note that there were no known attacks in California between 1910 and 1985). At the same time, they are losing their fear of humans as a result of decreased hunting pressure. Their historical prey species, including domestic livestock is not as plentiful as it has been in the past. They make up for the shortage by eating pets, pet food, garbage, roadkill and the occasional unlucky human. Cougars are apex predators. Peaceful co-existence with other animals is not in their game plan.