The news of late has had quite a number of stories about “dangerous” animals who have had interactions with human beings and then gotten killed for their temerity. In one case a child dropped into a gorilla enclosure (in a zoo!) and the gorilla decided it was a new toy. Instead of seeing this as a Darwinian moment for the humans involved, the gorilla, of course, was shot.
Today there is a report from Montana that a grizzly bear attacked and killed a cyclist riding in the Flathead national forest just outside Glacier national park. They are now looking for the bear. I suspect it is not to pin a medal on it for defending its territory.
So, humans invade the natural habitat of dangerous animals and when the animals behave as they are wont to do, they are “put down” (nice euphemism) for their actions. Even when we put animals in walled enclosures for our own amusement, if we violate the walls of the enclosure the animal dies.
Why don’t we put down the humans as being “too stupid (or unlucky) to live” and improve the species by culling the incompetent? At least that would make sense.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, we did the exact same thing to the Native Americans and if we will do it to our own species, why would we have compunctions about doing it to other ones?