Most Dangerous Animal in America

What is the most dangerous animal lurking around in America? Some would say the fierce grizzly bear or prowling mountain lions. They have been known to kill people, but the numbers are far from staggering. During the 20th century, 128 people died from bear attacks and only 14 people died from the mountain lions.

The answer to this question is deer (hence the picture). While you may think these animals are cute roaming around in the woods, they have been a serious problem around cities and residential areas. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, it is estimated that 130 people die yearly from vehicle collisions with deers.

There are one and a half million deer/vehicle accidents per year. This results in nearly 30,000 injuries and over one billion dollars in health insurance claims. Deers also carry ticks which are transmitters of the deadly Lyme disease. Lyme disease infects around 13,000 people on yearly basis.

Based on a study from July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005, The states with the highest number of accidents caused by deers are Pennyslvania, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Georgia. By being attentive on the roads, the number of deer-related accidents can be decreased. The following are a few good tips to follow to reduce your risk of becoming a deer-collision victim.

  • Always keep an eye open for deer especially near wooded areas. Most of the time, signs are posted where deer crossings are most likely.
  • Deer are most prone to be out and moving around during the early evening.
  • Use high beams to spot deer on the side of the road when it is hard to see.
  • If you see one deer, it is likely that more are around because they often move in packs.

By following these simple steps, you are more likely to avoid deer-related accidents.