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The 50 Most Dangerous Animals in Each US-State Revealed

50 Most Dangerous Animals In Every US State via Canvas
50 Most Dangerous Animals In Every US State via Canvas

The US is home to many dangerous animals. So lets look at the list of most dangerous animal in every U.S. state so that you can protect yourself from these. Factors that we include are: human fatalities, attacks, and potential for disease transmission. 

The definition of “dangerous” can vary, but typically it includes animals that produce a significant risk to human health or life. 

Also many incidents occur due to human encroachment into animal habitats or irresponsible behavior near wildlife.

Alabama – Alligators

Alligator
Alligator via Depositphotos

Alaska – Bears (Grizzly and Polar Bears)

polar bear
Image via Depositphotos

Arizona – Rattlesnakes

rattlesnake
Rattlesnake. Image via Pixabay.

Arkansas – Alligators

Alligator
Gareth Rasberry, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

California – Mountain Lions

Mountain Lion on Rock. Image created by Chris Weber with Midjounrey.
Mountain Lion on Rock. Image created by Chris Weber with Midjounrey.

Colorado – Black Bears

Black Bear
Black bears are excellent climbers and can ascend trees with ease, using their strong claws and agile limbs to reach heights of up to 50 feet. Image by Aaron Brewer via Pexels

Connecticut – Deer (due to vehicle collisions)

Key Deer
Key Deer. By Photography by User: MrX, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23670389

Delaware – Deer (due to vehicle collisions)

baby deer
Baby deer. Image by Julie Marsh via Unsplash

Florida – Alligators and Sharks

Sharks By cbpix via DepositPhotos

Georgia – Alligators

american alligator
Donald W DeLoach Jr, CC BY-SA 3.0 Image via Wikimedia

Hawaii – Box Jellyfish

CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=118181163

Idaho – Mountain Lions

mountain lion inside apartment complex
The Mountain Lion. Image by Zach Key via Unsplash

Illinois – Deer (due to vehicle collisions)

portrait of deer
Image by RyanE via Unsplash

Indiana – Deer (due to vehicle collisions)

baby deer

Iowa – Deer (due to vehicle collisions)

Strong roe deer, capreolus capreolus, buck with dark antlers on a meadow with wildflowers early in the morning. Alerted wild animal looking to camera with green blurred background and copy space via Depositphotos.

Kansas – Timber Rattlesnake

Timber rattlesnake, Crotalus h. Horridus, lives predominantly in forests

Kentucky – Venomous Snakes

The Northern Copperhead Bite
Northern Copperhead, Agkistrodon contortrix is a venomous pit viper found in Eastern North America

Louisiana – Alligators

Tourist Captures Shark Biting Alligator's Foot in South Carolina
Credit: YouTube / Storyful Viral: Tourist Captures Shark Biting Alligator’s Foot in South Carolina

Maine – Moose

Moose in Velvet in Northern Newfoundland via Depositphotos

Maryland – Deer (due to vehicle collisions)

deer with tongue out
©Depositphotos

Massachusetts – White-tailed Deer (due to vehicle collisions)

White-Tailed Deer via Depositphotos

Michigan – Deer (due to vehicle collisions)

deer in snow
©Depositphotos

Minnesota – Black Bears

Black bear on Appalachian Trail
Although rare, it is possible to encounter black bears on the Appalachian Trail, so be careful!

Mississippi – Alligators

Alligator
American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) Anhinga Trail by Hans Stieglitz via Wikimedia

Missouri – Venomous Snakes

Copperhead Snake Bite
Copperhead Snake Bite via Shutterstock

Montana – Bears (Grizzly Bears)

Grizzly bear
Grizzly bear by asbjhb via depositphotos.com

Nebraska – Venomous Snakes

timber rattlesnake in illinois
Timber rattler. Image via Depositphotos

Nevada – Mountain Lions

mountain lion inside apartment complex
Image by Robert Thiemann via Unsplash

New Hampshire – Black Bears

Black bears in Alligator river National Wildlife Refuge.
Black bears in Alligator river National Wildlife Refuge. Image by Judy Gallagher, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons.

New Jersey – White-tailed Deer (due to vehicle collisions)

A beautiful white tailed deer doe standing alert in the woods.

New Mexico – Black Bears and Cougars

Black bear
Black Bear Cub Scratching its head with its paw. Image by Sung Jin Cho on Unsplash

New York – White-tailed Deer (due to vehicle collisions)

White-tailed deer
White-tailed deer via Shutterstock

North Carolina – Venomous Snakes

timber rattlesnake
Timber rattlesnake – Crotalus horridus atricaudatus, poisonous, white background

North Dakota – Bison

bison
Image by Lubos Houska via Pixabay

Ohio – White-tailed Deer (due to vehicle collisions)

White-Tailed Deer cutest animal
White Tailed Deer Von USDA photo by Scott Bauer – Image Number: K5437-3.http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/graphics/photos/may01/k5437-3.htm, Gemeinfrei, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=245466

Oklahoma – Venomous Snakes

The Northern Copperhead Bite
A venomous Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix) snake at Monte Sano State Park in Alabama.

Oregon – Cougar (Mountain Lions)

Portrait of a cougar. Image via depositphots.

Pennsylvania – White-tailed Deer (due to vehicle collisions)

deer in snow
Image via Pixabay

Rhode Island – Deer (due to vehicle collisions)

Baby Mule Deer
Baby Deer. Image by Schlag via Depositphotos

South Carolina – Alligators

Alligator
Alligator mississippiensis (Daudin, 1802), American alligator; Loro Parque, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. By H. Zell via Wikimedia

South Dakota – Bison

Bison
Bison during fall in Yellowstone national park. Via Depositphotos

Tennessee – Venomous Snakes

cottonmouth bite
A closeup of a juvinal cottonmouth poses for pictures on a large rock, and keeps a wary eye on his surroundings. Depositphotos

Texas – Snakes (Rattlesnakes and Water Moccasins)

Eastern diamond back rattlesnake is the most venomous snake in the US. Antivenom is produced for this snake. Via Depositphotos

Utah – Mountain Lions

cougar
National Park Service

Vermont – Black Bears

Black Bear Growling Depositphotos

Virginia – Venomous Snakes

timber rattlesnake in illinois
Timber rattlesnake in Illinois. Image via Depositphotos

Washington – Cougars (Mountain Lions)

The Cougars' Hidden Lineages
Image representing The Cougars’ Hidden Lineages. Generating using DALLE-E by Linnea for AATG.

West Virginia – Black Bears

Black bear in Yosemite by Chris Weber with MidJourney
Black bear in Yosemite by Chris Weber with MidJourney

Wisconsin – Black Bears

Black Bear Dominates
Black Bear via Pexels.

Wyoming – Bears (Grizzly and Black Bears)

Black bear by Chris Weber with MidJourney
Black bear by Chris Weber with MidJourney

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