Domesticating animals causes them to loose their instincts for the wild and are thus endangered by being outside where their natural environment is. And, we need to realize that a lot of animals survive (species) because of their ability to multiply more rapidly and thus the species survives even though many individuals are taken by predators. A lot of pets do not fare well because we have ruined their ability to survive outside. People declaw cats to protect their furniture etc, but that cat has little chance of survival outside. To a certain degree, we love our pets to death; they don’t know how to hunt (mostly) or protect themselves any more. This is not the whole story, as there are cats and dogs that are not quite so domesticated and they do much better, but typically these animals tend to be more independent and not as cuddly. Some years back I had an Akita. She was the runt of the litter, and only grew to be about 100 lbs. She was fiercely protective yet gentle with children. She caught a crow trying to snitch some of her food once, and killed two cats who strayed into our yard. She was very fast. I used to take her with me up in the mountains in Nevada and later in New Mexico and let her run free some out in the woods. I do not know how many “encounters” she had, but I had to treat a few small wounds occasionally and remove a couple porcupine quills once. Typically she stayed reasonably close to me, and would show up fairly quick when I called her. I think she stayed close to protect me... She was a strong animal, a good hunter, and an incredible friend for almost 12 years. She would tolerate being in the house, and did not mess the house, but she loved being in the wild. In her latter years hip displasia caused her to suffer some. I would take her in the mountains then where there were cold streams running and she would submerge in them and stand with just her eyes and nose and ears out of the water and stay there for several minutes letting the cold water give her some relief from the aches and pains. I have had a few pets in my life; she was not a pet, but a companion. She could never replace people in my life, but she is the only animal in my life that I truly miss.