By Josie  March 21st, 2024

The Animals That Cause the Most Deaths in the U.S.

Not directly through attacks, but deer are responsible for the most wildlife-related deaths in the U.S. due to vehicle collisions.

#1 Deer

Dogs are responsible for an estimated 30 to 50 deaths annually in the U.S. through attacks.

#2 Dogs

Known as “killer bees,” these insects are more aggressive than other bee species and contribute to the average of 62 deaths annually.

#3 Africanized Honey Bees

Despite this peaceful reputation, the truth is that cattle kill more people in the U.S. than sharks and bears combined!

#4 Cows

The Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake is the largest kind of rattlesnake, and also the most venomous snake in the U.S.

#5 Eastern Dimaondback Rattlesnake

While fatalities are extremely rare, there have been instances where bison have charged and injured or killed people who ventured too close.

#6 Bison

Fatalities are very rare due to effective antivenoms, but its venom is dangerous, especially to vulnerable individuals.

#7 Western Black Widow

In the U.S., particularly in Alaska and parts of the Rocky Mountains, there are a few fatalities each decade resulting from grizzly bear encounters.

#8 Grizzly Bears

These incidents often involve alligators that have become accustomed to human presence, sometimes due to being fed, which leads them to associate humans with food.

#9 American Alligators

Muntain lion attacks on humans are extremely rare, with fewer than a dozen fatalities in North America over the last 100 years.

#10 Mountain Lions

The Great White Shark, though not common in U.S. waters, is responsible for the majority of shark attack fatalities worldwide, with shark-related fatalities in the U.S. averaging less than one per year.

#11 Great White Shark

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