North America’s Cougar Population is growing. Are we learning to coexist?
Huff Post Science
A growing North American cougar population has inspired scientists to take a close look at the risk this species presents to humans. In his 2011 analysis of 343 North American aggressive cougar encounters, David Mattson found that only 29 resulted in fatal human attacks. Young cougars in poor physical condition were more likely to threaten humans, but adult cougars were more likely to kill us. Yet compelling as such analyses may be, they fail to capture the breadth of cougar-human relationships.
January 06, 2016