Even today, in Colorado, it's possible to be stalked by a mountain lion. M. and I have had the experience. It's unsettling but also normal in a sort of evolutionary way: a big cat and a hominid.
But to be preyed upon by birds -- now that seems somehow creepier. Was Alfred Hitchcock tapping genetic memory?
My falconer friends, upon reading this news, have strange, faraway looks in their eyes.