The United States has some very dangerous animals, although not nearly as many as tropical Africa or Asia. The most dangerous animal may surprise you.
Most of the continental US has various kinds of poisonous snakes, including many varieties of rattlesnakes, cottonmouth moccasins, copperheads and coral snakes. Typically these snakes kill about 10 to 15 Americans a year.
There are several million alligators in the American Gulf Coast states, and a large portion of the world’s shark attacks occur in American waters. And between sharks and alligators, and toss in the plenteous scorpions in the Southwest, they cause a fatality every year or so.
The wilderness areas of the US contain cougars (also called mountain lions) and bears. The bears are mostly black bears, but in the West and Alaska grizzly bears can weigh a ton and are capable of bringing down a moose, which can also weigh a ton. Polar bears in Alaska have been known to eat people, but bears and cougars only rarely kill people. Bees, wasps and other stinging insects are far more dangerous, killing about a hundred Americans a year—largely because of allergic reactions.
Domestic livestock is fairly dangerous, killing about 20 people per year. Cows have the image of being placid and calm, but they are a ton of animal and can do damage if they get truly angry. Dogs can also be quite dangerous, particularly packs of feral dogs. They kill about 30 Americans a year.
The most dangerous animal for Americans? Bambi. That’s right, deer.
There are an estimated 1.5 million car collisions in the US each year, resulting in more than a billion dollars in property damage, more than 10,000 injuries—and 200 fatalities.
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