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The Animal Most Likely To Kill You From Each State

Updated May 18, 2020 3.4m views44 items

The Centers for Disease Control was thoughtful enough to compile a study of the deadliest animal by state, which was then made into a cute little coded map early in 2018. The map shows which animal is most likely to kill you by state, or at least what type of animal is the most dangerous.

The most common culprits are large mammals, domestic dogs, and stinging insects, and for some states the answer may be very different from what you would expect. However, it is important to note that the total number of animal-related deaths is pretty low, and about 20% of the states didn't actually have enough data to be included in the CDC's report.

The deadly animals in the US might not be a daily concern for most of us, but there isn't any harm in checking out which animal is most likely to kill you in your home state.

  • California — Several Species Of Rattlesnake

    California — Several Species Of Rattlesnake
    Photo: Mark Bratton / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Although around 221 people are bitten by venomous snakes annually in California, statistics show that less than half of a percent of bites are fatal. This is due to the availability of antivenom. Some of the most common species in California are the Sidewinder, Mojave, and Western Diamondback rattlesnakes.

    Unfortunately, not everyone gets the antivenom in time. Paula Halfacre was camping with friends in Southern California when she was bitten by a Green Mojave Rattlesnake while walking away from their camp. Knowing she needed help, Halfacre tried to get back to her friends, but was weakened by the venom.

    When they found her, she barely had the strength to say the words "snake bite." Although she finally made it to the hospital, it was too late, and she passed away shortly after.

  • Colorado — Cougars

    There has been little to no data compiled for Colorado regarding humans being killed by animals. This is surprising, considering how wide an array of dangerous animals live in Colorado. You could be gored by a Mountain Goat's horns, attacked by a Cougar, bitten by a rattlesnake, catch Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever from a tick, or be bitten by a venomous spider like the Black Widow or Brown Recluse. 

    While Cougar attacks aren't extremely common, they are arguably the hardest to get away from of all the state's deadly creatures. In the last hundred years, there have been two reported incidents wherein Colorado cougars killed people.

    In 1991, Scott Lancaster was attacked and killed while he was out jogging in the hills of Idaho Springs, CO, and 10-year-old Mark Miedema was killed in 1997, after he ran ahead of his family on a hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. 

  • Connecticut — Bobcats With Rabies

    Connecticut is a relatively safe to state to live in, at least in terms of animal-related attacks. The CDC did not have enough information from the state to include them in their report; however rabid Bobcats have been known to occasionally attack unsuspecting Connecticut residents. 

    Most of the time, Bobcats don't act threateningly or aggressively towards humans, but that all changes when they become infected with rabies. Three women in Connecticut were attacked by a Bobcat who tested positive for rabies in January of 2017.

    According to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, "rabies is often the cause" of Bobcat attacks.

  • Delaware — Coyotes

    The number of animal-related deaths in Delaware is too small to be reported by the CDC. However, there are still some creatures to be feared in this tiny state. Coyotes, though not native to Delaware, have expanded their range into the state. 

    So far, Coyotes have had limited contact with humans, but they are very at home in suburban neighborhoods. This leads to attacks on pets, a lack of fear of humans, and possible attacks on small children. They can also carry rabies, which poses a very serious threat to both people and pets.