It's not necessarily the words themselves - although as I write I may end up contradicting myself here - but the context and tone. Increasingly - or so it seems to this curmudgeonly fart - journalists are lazily using terms to describe natural behaviour which seem designed to sensationalize rather than accurately describe events. Nothing so very new there, I suppose, but are we descending into a news cycle of nothing but sensationalism? I think so.
Let's be honest here; animals do not do things out of malice or vindictiveness. They behave naturally, out of instinct and with purpose. A wolf does not attack a pet dog - to use one of the examples - 'viciously'; it simply attacks what it either perceives as a prey item or as a competitor. To use the adverb'viciously' implies some kind of unnecessary and/or excessive force, an idea which is simply ridiculous.
Even worse is to claim that an animal - in this case, bizarrely, a deer - is 'stealing' something. To do so is more than ludicrous. The animal has no concept of ownership or legal right or wrong. It's simply gathering whatever it is curious about, or what it has identified as a food item. there can be no moral value attached to an animal grabbing something and making off with it. Morals and ethics only apply to our own flawed, occasionally wicked species.
You may think that I'm picking on a very trivial issue, but my underlying point is that when society starts to regard the natural world as if it is somehow doing US wrong simply by being there and behaving instinctively, then society distances itself even further from nature and reality. We begin to unconsciously regard our surroundings - as a society - as a child might do. The modern media has a penchant for taking a teenage girl (the 'whatever' group) point of view of the world's events, and even, increasingly, the natural world. It's dumbing-down to a dangerous level. Anthropomorphizing animal behaviour is something best done by Disney in an entertainment format, and nowhere else.
It's time we grew up and began to one again regard the natural world as something to be respected yet understood on its own terms; for us to allow ourselves to feel wonder at its beauty and show respect for its power and its ruthlessness. Time for us to acknowledge that WE are the anomaly within a natural system that continues whether or not we are there to experience it -and, saints preserve us - judge it.