Calling all Americans: there’s something lurking out there that warrants your fear more than nuclear war or the rise of the Kardashians.
Data courtesy of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has revealed what life-threatening beasts living in the darkest depths of American woodland, mountains and swamps are most likely to kill you.
But it’s not razor-toothed alligators or the swipe of a big-pawed bear that will leave you quaking in your boots. In fact, the animal responsible for the most human deaths in America is the humble woodland deer.
Deer are responsible for an estimated 120 fatalities in the United States every year and represent the greatest risk to the American people regarding animal-related deaths.
Deer – along with their close relatives, cows and horses – cause the highest number of deaths by biting and kicking, or through accidental striking including vehicle collisions, totalling 1,094 fatalities.
A total of 831 deaths were caused by contact with the stingers of hornets, wasps and bees.
The third most dangerous animal is actually man’s best friend. Tragically, dog attacks have caused 316 deaths over the 16-year period covered by this government data set.
The highest number of animal-related deaths occur in Montana, and the residents of Massachusetts are the safest from furry, scaly and winged members of Mother Nature’s family.
Still, homicide claims 475,000 people every year on a global scale – so if you’re determined to be scared of something, let it not be animals who only react out of natural instinct.