Deer aren't large mammals? lmao You make zero sense. Black bears are overpopulated in many area's and are at no risk of becoming extinct. Cougars kill children all the time especially on Victoria Island and are becoming more and more bold because of a lack of hunting pressure. It's imperative that you hunt a large predator, otherwise they will lose fear of humans. Black bear predatory attacks are commonplace in Northern coastal B.C. Read a book called "bear attacks the deadly truth". Black bears are 90% vegetarian, but they are absolutely opportunistic predators. They kill animals they can catch like a deer fawn. The majority of black bear attacks occur in HUGE wilderness area's of western Canada where there isn't any trash and they've never seen a human. Along the alaskan highway, there are signs to not get out of your car because of bears. The western wilderness black bear is a ferocious animal. Much different for unknown reasons than it's eastern counterpart. I'd rather come across a dumpster diving bear than a wilderness bear who see's you like a cat see's a mouse. The worst are polar bears. They will almost certainly attack if they see you. Full on predatory charge.