Here are the deadliest wild animals in North America – and states with the most fatal attacks

Whether it be on land or in the water, nature can be a very scary place.

With animals like the great white shark in “Jaws,” gigantic alligators in “Crawl” or Leonard Dicaprio’s intense fight with a bear in “The Revenant,” cinema has perhaps provided a lot more fear than is necessary.

However, it doesn’t mean that attacks from these ferocious animals don’t happen in real life. In fact, they are some of the deadliest animals in North America.

Outforia, an outdoor experiences website, wondered how often humans are attacked and found out which wild animal was the deadliest and which state had the most attacks.

Since 1970, the brown bear was the deadliest wild animal in North America, being responsible for 70 deaths in over 50 years. The rest of the rankings follows:

Brown bear, 70
Snake, 57
Shark, 57
Black bear, 54
Alligator, 33
Cougar, 16
Polar bear, 10
Wolf, 2
As for the states with the most fatal attacks, Texas by far had the most with 520 animal-related deaths, over 200 more than second place, from 1999-2019. The top five deadliest states are:

Texas, 520
California, 299
Florida, 247
North Carolina, 180
Tennessee, 170

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Delaware, North Dakota and Rhode Island were the safest, with no deaths during the 20-year span.

Despite being at the top of the list, brown bears aren’t that common in the U.S., as they are mostly found in Alaska, which is called Bear Country. They can also be found in parts of Montana and Washington, as well as much of western Canada. Their counterpart, black bears, are the most common bear in North America and can be found throughout Canada, most of Alaska and parts across the U.S.

“My main advice to anyone going on these adventures in places you might come across a wild animal is to be prepared. I would always recommend you research the most prominent animals in the area you are visiting, as different animals mean different protocols when facing an attack,” said Outforia founder Carl Borg. “There are lots of things you can do to avoid an animal attack but knowing whether to stay calm or fight back is key.”

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Whether it be on land or in the water, nature can be a very scary place. With animals like the great white shark in “Jaws,” gigantic alligators in “Crawl” or Leonard Dicaprio’s intense fight with a bear in “The Revenant,” cinema has perhaps provided a lot more fear than is necessary. However, it doesn’t mean…

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