New York Times Cougar Coverage

Cougar (Puma concolor) - courtesy of USFWS

Cougar (Puma concolor) – courtesy of USFWS

I generally find the New York Times coverage of wilderness topics excellent. The article linked below is a true exception. Like most other media outlets, this article uses overblown terms creating unwarranted fear about wild animals.

First, using the word “killer” in the headline does an enormous  disservice and focuses on only one aspect of Cougar behavior. And phrases such as “wreak havoc on other wildlife” are ridiculous and not based on science. Cougars are carnivores and must hunt to live. They do not “wreak havoc” – they do not OVER hunt.

What does wreak havoc on all things wild (and otherwise) are humans. Humans kill, maim and injure other humans by millions more every year than all wild animals combined. If we need to worry about the danger of any species, it is our own.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/11/science/cougars-glamorous-killers-expand-their-range.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130611

One thought on “New York Times Cougar Coverage

  1. I couldn’t agree more. So many people look at every other carnivorous species as “evil” and “killers”, like sharks is the biggest example I can think of, and they are just so misunderstood and people’s ignorance and not caring to understand animal behavior can be frustrating to me sometimes.

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