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.