The reason is that man has replaced all the other predators. There is hardly any natural predation anymore. We kill 'em all. As a result, it's not the aged, the diseased, and the lame which are killed in the wild, but the beautiful, the 8-point bucks. We've decapitated nature. It does not exist as it once did, anywhere.
This is doing more to destroy our planet than even climate change. And the damage has already occurred. It seems irreversible.
Fortunately, I have someone in my house who wants to do something about it. My daughter Robin (above) is interested in wild cats -- tigers, bobcats, panthers, lions, all kinds of wild cats. She wants to study them, she says, in the wild and in zoos.
So on her behalf I undertook a brief study of the literature.
The first thing I learned is it's amazing what you can learn on the Internet in just a half hour! You can build a platform on which to base not only tentative conclusions, but a lifetime of learning, at a higher level than was ever possible before. Imagine how it was 30 years ago, in my day....if I wanted to learn about this kind of subject I'd spend all day in a library and not come up with half the resources I'm about to describe.
So shall we?