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There have been some truly insane animal attacks on humans caught on camera over the last few years. Here are some of the most shocking that can be found on the internet…

#15. Tiger Attacks Woman


If you’re going to have a tiff with your husband and storm out of the car, don’t do it when you’re in the tiger enclosure at Beijing Wildlife Park.

#14. Bear Attacks Man

Despite what your Mom and Walt Disney tell you, bears are not cute and cuddly.

#13. Cassowary Attack

The Cassowary is six feet tall, can run up to 31mph, and has powerful feet with huge claws and a bad ass attitude. If you tick it off, it’s not afraid to aim a kick or ten in your direction. Scared yet?

#12. Killer Whale Attack

If you have seen the film “Blackfish”, then you are no doubt aware of the history of whales kept in captivity, and what can happen when things go wrong. This was one of those times…

#11. Hippo Attack

These guys thought it was cool when a hippo chased their boat. Perhaps not if the hippo had caught up with them. Hippos are aggressive, powerful, territorial animals who kill more people than any other African animal apart from mosquitos.

#10. Bull Attacks

Don’t mess with the bull. However much testosterone you’ve got, between you, the bull has more.

#9. Tiger Attack

The tigers in Beijing Wildlife Park are really getting frisky these days. When there’s no human flesh to get their teeth into this one just takes a bite out of a visitor’s car.

#8. Not the Bees!

Bees are only small, but they live in colonies of up to 50,000. If they think you’re threatening their home, that’s a hell of a lot of stingers.


If you’re going to take photos of a crocodile, that close up, at least keep your eye on it.

#6. Elephant vs. Motorcycle

Elephants don’t like motorcycles. At least, that’s what we have to assume after seeing this video depicting a biker begging an angry herd of elephants for his life.

#5. Elephant vs. Jeep

Elephant herds are no joke. Even if you’re in a jeep, they will CHASE YOU DOWN. Proof:

#4. Coyote Attack

Think “coyote” and what first comes to mind? An incompetent, egomaniacal cartoon character with an obsession with capturing/killing a clever roadrunner? Or a fearsome North American predator? Chances are, you probably think more of the former, rather than the latter. Wolves are generally regarded as the scary, dangerous canines while coyotes are regarded as the cunning, elusive ones.

Nevertheless, as rabies-carrying mammals, coyotes can be quite scary and dangerous, especially in close quarters. Below, you can witness a Canadian man in British Columbia fighting off a curious and disturbingly fearless coyote.

#3. Wild Hog Attack

That time in Poland… a wild hog TERRORIZED a beach! Probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Poland, but this is a wild world, after all.

#2. Chimpanzee Attack

A 26 year old American ended up in a South African hostpital after suffering a savage attack at the hands of angry chimpanzees. The American had entered a restricted zone in the zoo when two adult chimpanzees pulled the tourist under a barrier, dragged him into a public space, and mauled him.

#1. Black Panther Attack

Some zoo-keepers are heroes, working tirelessly to improve the lives of animals. And then there are some that are a little… derpy. This is one of the less intelligent zoo-keepers. Why would you hand-feed a hungry melanistic jaguar so carelessly?


How to Survive Wild Animal Attacks

There are lots of wild animals that will attack a human, sometimes with fatal results.

In the warm and fuzzy world of some folks, wild animals all have big moist brown eyes, cute noses, and a cuddly personality. But that doesn’t exactly square with reality. Take, for example, the incident involving Mark Reynolds, a 35-year-old guy who went out for a mountain bike ride in California in January 2004, and was later found dead and partly eaten by a cougar (mountain lion). Nothing warm and fuzzy about it.

Of course, the warm and fuzzy crowd will claim that was an anomaly. Well, try telling that to the family of the 41-year-old Arkansas woman who was killed in her own front yard by a cougar in May 2003. Or the incident in Colorado in 1999 when a 3-year-old boy went missing and was later found to have been dragged away and killed by a cougar.

I could go on and on. The list is really pretty long. And that’s just cougars. What about bears, or moose, or bison, or coyotes, or …? Let’s pause momentarily for a dose of wildlife reality. There are lots of wild animals that will attack a human, sometimes with fatal results. It does no good to play the denial game. The only good thing we can do is learn the truth and then figure out what to do if we are ever in a violent confrontation with a wild animal.

Use Common Sense in the Backcountry

Before getting into specifics, let me say that the best way to avoid problems with wildlife is to use common sense. Be aware of what’s around you, what kind of animals you are likely to encounter, and the danger they pose. Avoidance is the best defense, so keep your distance.

Take Steps to Prevent Attracting Wildlife into Camp:

  • Keep a clean camp. Thoroughly wash all cooking utensils after use. Seal uneaten food in airtight containers stored in bear-proof canisters, or suspend it from a bear wire away from sleeping areas.
  • Treat garbage just as you would treat food — either store it in bear-proof containers or hang it from a bear wire away from the campsite until you can haul it out of the area.
  • Do not take food into a tent.
  • Do not sleep in the same clothes you cooked dinner in. In fact, don’t even take those clothes into the tent with you.
  • Remove pet food from the area. Pet food attracts bears directly and can draw the small wildlife that is prey for cougars.
  • Never feed wild animals such as deer, raccoons or squirrels that can attract cougars.

Even after you do all that, be prepared for whatever might happen. In my book, part of being prepared is carrying defensive “tools” that can range from firearms, to a substantial knife, to a club, to deterrents such as pepper spray, to whatever you can lay your hands on as you fight for your life. And there are other techniques that can be used to discourage an up-close-and-personal encounter. We’ll talk about these as we go along.

Survive a Bear Attack

All bears are dangerous, but regardless of species you are at greatest risk if you surprise the bear or get between a mother and cubs. Even the “less dangerous” bears will prey opportunistically when they are hungry. And they will attack if you appear to be competing for their food sources or if you corner them and they feel threatened.

Black Bear

Black bear are reputed to be not much of a threat to humans, but they can scare the willies out of you when they wander into camp looking for a free meal. However, contrary to their mostly benign reputation, black bear have been responsible for more than fifty human fatalities in North America in the past hundred years. One such incident happened in May of 2000 when a female hiker was attacked and partially eaten by a 112-pound female black bear in Tennessee.

####What to do if a Black Bear Comes Into Camp

If a bear comes into camp:

  • Do not run because that will trigger an attack response.
  • Keep all your movements slow and deliberate.
  • Do not approach the animal.
  • Pick up small children so they will not be perceived as prey.
  • Bang pots and pans together or make other loud noises.
  • Wave your arms above your head to make yourself appear larger.
  • Leave an escape route open so the bear won’t feel cornered and forced to fight its way out of the situation.
  • Move upwind of the bear so it can identify your scent as human (not its normal prey).

Grizzly Bears

Avoidance is the best survival tactic. A grizzly doesn’t particularly care to eat you, but it will hurt or kill you if you surprise it. And they have been known to consume human flesh. Make a lot of noise as you hike, especially on blind corners and in dense brush, and maybe the two of you will avoid each other. If you encounter a dead animal carcass, get away from it because it might belong to the grizzly. Of course avoid cubs. Keep dogs under control, because they can irritate a bear and lead it back to you. Do not travel alone.

How to Avoid a Grizzly Attack

  • Stop, remain calm, back away slowly while speaking in a calm voice. You are trying to show the bear that you are being submissive and yielding to his territorial supremacy.
  • Do not turn your back on the bear or run; that will stimulate an attack.
  • Avoid direct eye contact, because that is considered an act of aggression.
  • A grizzly might bluff-charge…or not. If it lowers its head and pins ears back, it’s coming.
  • Submit. Lie face down on the ground, cover your head with your arms and hands and play as dead as possible. You might be bit or clawed, and then the bear might leave… or not.
  • If the bear continues to maul you, in spite of your playing dead (an indication that it wants you for food), you might have to fight for your life using any available weapon (knife, stick, rock, fingernails), focusing your counterattack on the bear’s eyes and nose with as much violence as you can muster.

Polar Bear

Life is tough for polar bears, and they’re always actively looking for their next meal. If you happen along and cannot protect yourself, they will take advantage of the situation. In some circumstances, a polar bear will stalk until it can sneak up on its victim. When a polar bear becomes agitated, it will snap its jaws and make a loud huffing noise, stare directly at you, lower its head and press ears back against the side of its head. Sometimes, they might stamp their feet.

What to do if a Polar Bear Charges

  • It won’t be a bluff, so consider it a serious attack intent on doing damage.
  • Making a lot of noise (especially by a group of people) might drive the bear away.
  • If that fails, use whatever deterrent and/or weapons you have at hand.

Survive a Cougar Attack

Big cats can appear out of nowhere, as they’re experts at stalking prey. You don’t want your hike along a common path to turn into a nightmare, so make sure to take some precautions if you’re going out in big cat country.

Cougar (Mountain Lion)

A mountain lion is one of the few predators that will deliberately stalk its victim. If it determines that you are viable prey, it will follow you until it finds the right moment to take you down. The cat generally won’t tackle humans who are traveling in a group of two or more. All the general camp hygiene rules for bears also apply for cougars.

What to Do if You Encounter a Cougar

  • Stop and stand tall. Do not run.
  • Try to appear larger than the cougar.
  • Never take your eyes off the animal or turn your back.
  • Do not crouch down or try to hide.
  • If the animal displays aggressive behavior, shout, wave your arms and throw rocks.
  • If the cougar attacks, stay on your feet. If you go down, you’re in trouble.
  • Fight back aggressively with anything you can get your hands on (knife, club, backpack, rocks, etc.) Gouge your fingers into the cat’s eyes. Fight for your life with as much violence as you can muster.

Survive a Wolf Attack

Wolves, and their relative the coyote, travel in packs, so if you see one be prepared to fight off the rest of them hiding in the bushes. Find out how to survive an encounter with one of these ancestors of your hunting dog.

Wolf or Coyote

Wolf and coyote (a.k.a. prairie wolf) attacks on humans are becoming more common. These animals are cunning and will stalk their prey, sneaking in from behind to nip and rip at leg muscles to disable their victim. Once you’re down, the pack will swarm you.

What to Do if You Encounter a Pack Wolves or Coyotes

  • Don’t run, because that might trigger an attack. You can’t outrun these animals, as they can hit speed above 30 mph.
  • Yell at the animal to make it back off.
  • These animals often run in packs and engage in coordinated attacks. If you’re surrounded and you’re alone, it time to start shooting to kill, or you’ll end up on the dinner plate. These are carnivores and you are carne.
  • Do not lose your footing. Once you go down, the pack will rush in and rip you apart.
  • If you are surrounded and are in a group, position yourselves back to back, facing the animals. Use clubs, knives, sharpened sticks (spears), rocks, or anything else you can grab to fend off the attack.

Survive an Attack from a Non-Predator

Predators aren’t the only wild animals responsible for human deaths in the backcountry. Many species of big game that hunters regularly target have been known to turn around and make the hunters their victims. There are common signs to watch for when out in the woods to avoid an attack by one of your favorite big game species. Follow these tips to make it home safe.

The argument can be made that the most dangerous animal in the woods is a moose.

The argument can be made that the most dangerous animal in the woods is a moose. They are huge, and they have a stubborn attitude of ownership. If you trespass in their domain, they might try to take you apart and scatter the pieces. Although they are large, they are not built for speed. Knowing that, they often choose “fight” over “flight” when they feel threatened. When attacking, moose often kick forward with front feet, knocking down the threat and then stomping and kicking with all four feet. Moose with antlers also use their racks with lethal efficiency.

What to Do if You Encounter a Moose

  • Give it lots of space. Do not approach.
  • Back away and change the direction of your travel.
  • Stay totally clear of a calf and cow. That combination is extremely dangerous.
  • If a moose approaches you, it is not trying to be your friend. It is trying to warn you.
  • If the moose lays ears back and raises the hair on its shoulder hump, stomps the ground or swings its head in your direction, it is preparing for an attack.
  • Back away. Get as much space between you and the moose as possible.
  • Run. Unlike with a bear or cougar, you can run from a moose without triggering an attack. The moose likely won’t chase you very far.
  • Get behind a large tree or other obstacle and keep it between you and the moose.
  • Climb a tree.
  • If the moose knocks you down, curl up in a ball to protect against the kicks and stomps. Don’t try to get up until after the moose moves away, or it will renew its attack.

Elk and Deer

Last year in Colorado a wildlife biologist and photographer, Tom Mussel, got too close to a cow elk and her calf, and he was attacked when he stumbled as he tried to escape the charging cow. Elk and deer will attack humans when they feel cornered or threatened. The most potent threat is when a human gets close to a mother and her baby.

What to Do if Charged by a Deer or an Elk

  • Do not turn your back on the animal, as they almost always charge from behind.
  • Facing the animal, raise your arms and your jacket, to make yourself appear larger. Swing the jacket around to make yourself appear formidable.
  • If you have a dog with you, turn it loose and that might distract the deer or elk.
  • Climb a tree.
  • If you are knocked down, curl up in a fetal position to protect your head, neck and organs. You might be thumped a few times, and then it is likely the animal will leave.
  • If the animal has antlers, you might sustain serious injuries, so do your best to put trees or boulders between you and the animal.

American Bison

In Yellowstone National Park, bison have injured twice as many visitors as have grizzly bears. The danger in a bison/human encounter is being butted, gored, and stomped by something that resembled a fur-covered locomotive. There is a reason why there is a rule that visitors should stay at least 100 yards from bison. Generally, after a bison charged and knocks down a human, the animal will wander off and resume grazing, but not always. On a couple of recorded occasions, the bison stood over the victim. One person was head-butted back to the ground when she tried to get up, and another was gored several times while still on the ground.

What to Do if Charged by a Bison

  • Run for cover if it’s close — bison might look slow, but they’re not.
  • Take cover behind something large, and keep moving as the bison tries to get at you.
  • Climb a tree. A bison can’t come up after you. This animal isn’t interested in eating you, it’s just annoyed by your proximity.
  • Keep your distance.
Some techniques can be used to help you avert and/or survive an attack by a wild animal.

Helpful Techniques and Tools to Survive an Animal Attack

Following are some techniques and tools that can be used to help you avert and/or survive an attack by a wild animal. Not all techniques work for all animals, so apply the appropriate ones for the animal in question. In every case, keeping your distance works best. After that, use what you have at hand.

  • Keep your distance
  • Handgun, rifle, shotgun
  • Knife
  • Club
  • Walking staff
  • Primitive spear
  • Pepper spray
  • Play dead
  • Make yourself big and loud
  • Slowly back away
  • Avoid eye contact
  • Climb a tree
  • Get inside a car or building
  • Gouge your fingers in the animal’s eyes
  • Fight for your life with all due violence
  • Jump in the water and swim away from the animal
  • Throw rocks, sticks, etc.
  • Bang pots and pans to scare animals away
  • Use a bear wire to keep food and garbage out of camp

Protect Yourself from Wild Animals with a Survival Gun

When I think about survival guns for outdoorsmen, I think of three scenarios––the first involves using the firearm as an audible signaling device. The second involves providing meat to stay alive. And the third involves self-defense. Taking things in that order (which may or may not be the order of importance in any given survival situation), we’ve tried to define what makes a good survival gun.

Signaling for Help

When an audible signal is what you need, louder is better. The sharp report of a big-bore rifle or large-caliber handgun will carry farther than the puny pifth of a .22-caliber. Shots fired in groups of three are recommended because the three-shot pattern is a universally recognized distress signal. While it might be tempting to fire into the air, safety must be considered, even in the wild. The audible signal will be just as loud if you fire into a tree trunk or a hillside, and you won’t have to worry about where those rounds will fall back to earth.

Another concern with signaling is not to “waste” ammo by firing signal shots unless you are pretty certain someone is within hearing distance. It might be prudent to save the ammo for other uses. This is a judgment call you’ll have to make using the best information you have at the time.

Gathering Food

You can’t always count on a survival situation happening in big-game country. If you find yourself stranded at a time or in a place where there’s nothing bigger than squirrels or small birds to subsist on, a big-bore rifle will be less useful for gathering food than a shotgun or a small-bore survival rifle would be. Conversely, if you’re going into bear country, you’ll want to carry the largest-caliber handgun, rifle or shotgun you can comfortably handle. That’s why it’s important to match your “survival gun” to the area and season whenever possible. While no single gun suits every purpose, revolvers do offer the option of loading the first two cylinders with birdshot to handle snakes or birds and the rest with magnum cast-bullet loads for big game. They’re also ideal for close-quarters combat should the need arise.

The trade-off, of course, is that at ranges beyond 15 yards, a shoulder-fired long gun (whether shotgun or rifle) will greatly improve accuracy. And in common handgun calibers like the .357 and .44 Magnum, rifles so chambered offer significantly less recoil than their handgun brethren, which, in light-framed versions, can kick like a mule. As you are no doubt beginning to see, choosing a survival gun is a series of trade-offs.


These days, bad things can happen anywhere––even in the backcountry. It’s becoming more common to stumble across illegal activity in the woods–meth labs and other drug farms, for example–which can put you in a tough situation. I’m not going to tell you what to do in that scenario, but it doesn’t hurt to figure it out in advance and then be prepared. For self-defense a lightweight revolver is ideal. Here again, you have the option of mixing and matching birdshot loads with hollowpoint defense rounds and cast-bullet loads for hunting larger game. Shotguns also offer you the option of chambering combinations of loads, as do many of the small-bore lever-action and semi-auto survival guns in 9mm, .357 and .44.

Then there’s the possibility of an encounter with an aggressive bear or mountain lion. If you’re facing the wrath of a large predator and it comes down to shooting the animal to save yourself, you want the biggest and most powerful firearm you can shoot accurately.

Particularly when considering handguns, it’s better to use a lesser caliber that you can control and shoot well than to carry a heavy magnum whose recoil makes you cringe every time you touch off a shot. Instead of a .44, perhaps you’ll find a .41 or .357 more controllable and comfortable. The best advice I can offer is to find a local gun store with an indoor range and try several styles and calibers before you decide to buy. After that, practice until you are totally confident shooting the arms you carry.

So what do these scenarios prove? In some cases a big-bore rifle is preferable because it lets you take larger game at greater distances. At other times, however, a shotgun or small-caliber firearm is preferable (the smaller the caliber, the more ammo you can carry). And if you’re packing light for a fishing trip, a revolver is a better fit. So what is the ideal survival gun? All of the above.

The trouble is that you can’t carry all of the above into a survival situation. In fact, any equipment you’re hauling should be as lightweight and compact as possible, because every pound you have to carry drains your energy. At the same time, the equipment must be able to do the job. No firearm is perfect for every instance, but there are some choices that are tailor-made for specific situations hunters and fishermen might face.

Stowable Survival Guns

Stowable guns are ideal to slip behind the seat of your pickup, in the back of your bush plane or in the bottom of your canoe, where size and weight are not too much of a concern. This is where traditional survival guns shine–those models that disassemble and stow in small carrying cases that can be broken out for use should you find yourself stuck in the backcountry.

Great choices include:

  1. The Henry U.S. Survival. This takedown .22 weighs just 2 1/2 pounds. It breaks down and all parts fit in the hollow stock.

  2. Springfield Armory M-6 Scout. This fold-down model is also very compact and offers both .22 and .410 barrels.

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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:

  1. Brown bear, 70
  2. Snake, 57
  3. Shark, 57
  4. Black bear, 54
  5. Alligator, 33
  6. Cougar, 16
  7. Polar bear, 10
  8. 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:

  1. Texas, 520
  2. California, 299
  3. Florida, 247
  4. North Carolina, 180
  5. Tennessee, 170
The brown bear was named the deadliest animal in North America.

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."

What to do if these animals are near you

There are many different ways to deal with the animals that made the list. The National Park Service advises if you are attacked by a brown bear, play dead by lying flat on your stomach, spreading your legs and your hands covering your neck until the bear leaves. For black bears, the goal is to try to escape to a secure location or fight back while concentrating on hitting or kicking the bear's face or muzzle.

For sharks, the goal is to be calm and try to exit the water while having the shark in sight, according to the Victorian Fisheries Authority. If attacked, try to use whatever objects near you to hit the shark's eyes, nose and gills. Putting up a fight goes the same for alligators.

Since snake attacks may be venomous, it is advised to try to walk away from them. If bitten, the CDC recommends to try to keep calm while seeking immediate medical attention.

For cougars, also known as mountain lions, the NPS advises to face them, do not turn your back to them and do not run away as it may trigger their natural response to chase. The goal is to appear as intimidating as possible while throwing things at the animal. The same is recommended for wolves. 

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When you adopt a cat, you take on the responsibility of being their guardian. That’s something you definitely need to be on top of, especially if you grant your cat outdoor privileges where they might come into contact with other animals.

Even indoor cats might get outside on accident from time to time. It’s important to be aware of the dangers your kitty could face, even if you don’t intend to let them roam.

Here’s a list of the ten creatures most likely to attack pet cats.

  • Coyotes


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    Coyotes can be deadly, and they're especially known for killing domestic dogs and cats. Worse still, coyotes live all over North America, often hiding out in parks and areas with tree or bush coverage -- even cemeteries.

    To safeguard your cat from coyotes, make sure they stay indoors during the night, and ensure your garbage cans are shut tight so those discarded morsels of food don't attract coyotes. Also, don't leave pet food outside, as this is highly attractive to wildlife.

  • Snakes


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    If you hop on YouTube, you'll find many videos of cats seeming to tackle and defeat snakes. But these slippery creatures are a real threat to your domestic kitty.

    Venomous snakes, including water moccasins and copperheads, can be found in abundance all over North America.

    If you suspect that a snake has bitten your cat, you'll want to speed straight off to your local vet.

  • Cougars


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    If you live in the west or the southwest of America, you and your cat need to be on the lookout for cougars -- often also referred to as mountain lions. They also appear in rural Florida.

    Normally, a cougar will target livestock for a snack, but if a domestic cat comes on the radar, they'll happily switch up their menu.

    While rare, attacks on humans have been reported, as well. If you spot this big cat near your house, call animal control or even the police as soon as possible.

  • Raccoons


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    Raccoons can be found all over the country. While they're not the most feisty or aggressive of creatures, if your feline gets into a scuffle with a raccoon, you need to watch out for the danger of communicable diseases, including rabies.

    Take steps to keep raccoons away from your property by never leaving cat food outside and keeping garbage and recycling cans securely closed.

  • Squirrels


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    You might have noticed your cat looking longingly at squirrels, and given the opportunity, kitty might attempt to catch one.

    Bad move! Your feline might win the battle, but a squirrel's sharpened claws and teeth can still inflict injury on your kitty.

    Squirrels can also carry ringworm and spread diseases, as well as fleas and ticks. Best to let your cat appreciate them from afar.

  • Scorpions


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    Scorpions are found in the southwest and can pose a dangerous threat to both you and your cat.

    If you notice your fearless feline stalking something that you can't make out, take a closer look and make sure a scorpion isn't the object of their attention because the scorpion's venom can often prove to be deadly.

    Whisk your cat to the vet if they appear to be limping or in a sickly state after an outdoor session.

    Pro tip: Don't leave your sneakers or clothing lying around outside, as scorpions have been known to hang out inside them.

  • Porcupines


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    A porcupine isn't necessarily going to go all out and attack your cat, but the rodent's loose quills can become embedded in your feline. They're found all over the United States.

    Porcupines are attracted to salt, including sweaty clothes that you might have removed and left outside.

    The process to remove the quills at the vet can take hours and is not exactly a breeze. They can cause serious damage. Keep your kitty away from these animals.

  • Skunks


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    You can guess what happens if your cat has a run in with a skunk. Yep, you'll have one exceptionally pungent feline stinking up the house.

    Worse yet, skunks have sharp claws that can be used in a showdown, and they can also carry rabies. So, basically, avoid skunks and anything that smells like a skunk at all costs.

  • Groundhogs


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    If your cat has access to grounds where a forest and a field meet, there's a higher change they'll encounter a groundhog.

    While these animals aren't likely to go out of their way to attack a cat, their sharp teeth and claws can do damage. As ever, prevention is the best way to stop groundhog attacks, so stay vigilant while your kitty is outside.

  • Rats


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    Wild rats are everywhere. They're hardy, intelligent, aggressive, and comfortably at home in rural and urban environments.

    You might be pretty confident that your cat will emerge as the victor in any skirmish with a rat, but that doesn't mean they'll be immune from picking up diseases.

    Maintain a clean garbage area to minimize the likelihood of any rat and cat interactions.

Are wild animal attacks on pets common where you live? How do you keep your cat safe? Let us know in the comments below!



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The animals that we really have to worry about will surprise you.

Michigan and Ohio are full of both adorable and dangerous wild animals.  It's not unusual to see deer, multiple breeds of bear, wolves, coyotes, raccoons, snakes, and even cougars in these two Midwest states.  A recent study crunching CDC numbers of the most deaths by animal attack per state placed the Wolverine and Buckeye states in the top 10.  But that is not the most surprising "death by animal" fact you're about to learn.  Let's start with the numbers according to

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Ohio tied with Georgia at #6 with 161 deaths by animal attacks between 1999 and 2019.  In that 20 year period Michigan lost 138 people to wild animal attacks putting the Mitten State at #9 on the list.  You can see the full top 10 list by clicking here.

The real eye opening fact is what animals are responsible for the most deaths.  The following numbers are animal related deaths, not to be confused with animal attacks.

According to CDC data broken down and published by,

You are way more likely to be killed by deer than by sharks, bears, and gators combined.

The numbers are bonkers.  In the U.S. an average of 120 people are killed by deer.  The second highest number of deaths (58) are bee/wasp/hornet related.  In fact, in the U.S. you are more likely to die by cow than you are by bear, alligator, shark, snake and spider combined.  According to Mlive nearly a third of all car crashes in Michigan in 2019 were deer related causing 12 fatalities.

In summary: be careful on Michigan and Ohio roadways this fall, as that is peak season for deer related car accidents.  Also, just say no to cow tipping.

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These 10 states have the most fatal wild animal attacks in the country

While we can admire the beauty of animals that nature has to offer from a distance, it’s important to remember that those same wild animals can be as dangerous as they are mesmerizing. Animals kill more than 400 people in the US each year. Some states are more prone to animal attacks than others, especially ones with large human populations or levels of tourism that encroach on public lands where certain types of animals live. The outdoors site Outforia looked at public animal attacks data logged on Wikipedia over the last 50 years to find which places see the most deadly animal attacks — and which animals have historically done the attacking.

In 20 years, Delaware, North Dakota, and Rhode Island haven’t had a single death from an animal attack (keep in mind Delaware and Rhode Island are also the smallest and least populated states in the US, while North Dakota is the fourth least populous state). Comparatively, 520 deaths from animal attacks happened in Texas over the same 20 years, which is an average of 26 deaths per year. California has the next highest with 299 deaths, and Florida was third with 247 deaths.

The data set Outforia used has natural limitations. For one, it uses Wikipedia. Jack Berryman of Utah State University conducted a study in 2019 of people who were injured or killed each year by wildlife. He found that 47,000 people south medical attention after being attacked or bitten by wildlife each year, and about eight people died each year. Taking into account wildlife collisions with cars and aircraft, as well as zoonotic disease in the pre-COVID study, about 174,000 people were injured or sickened by wildlife each year, and about 700 were killed. With Outforia’s data limitation in mind, the informal study is still an interesting look at where wildlife and humans have deadly interactions.

These are the top 10 most deadly states for animal attacks from 1999 to 2019:

  1. Texas: 520 deaths
  2. California: 299 deaths
  3. Florida: 247 deaths
  4. North Carolina: 180 deaths
  5. Tennessee: 170 deaths
  6. Georgia: 161 deaths
  7. Ohio: 161 deaths
  8. Pennsylvania: 148 deaths
  9. Michigan: 138 deaths
  10. New York: 124 deaths

Outforia’s study also found the top predators since 1970. Brown bears, which are found throughout the northern US, are responsible for 70 deaths. Sharks follow the bears, killing 57 people in the US. Even though these statistics may make some want to stay out of nature, attacks are still far and few between when you consider the number of people who’ve been enjoying the outdoors all these years. Shark attacks, for example, are extremely rare, and there are plenty of ways to keep you and your loved ones safe while enjoying the ocean. Tied for second place is deadly snakes like the rattlesnakes, copperheads, and cottonmouths, which are particularly prevalent across the southern portion of the US.

These are the most dangerous animals in the US by the number of deaths since 1970:

  1. Brown Bears: 70 deaths
  2. Sharks: 57 deaths
  3. Snakes: 57 deaths
  4. Black Bears: 54 deaths
  5. Alligators: 33 deaths
  6. Cougars: 16 deaths
  7. Polar bears: 10 deaths
  8. Wolves: 2 deaths

Be sure to be aware of your surroundings and admire from a distance.

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Wild animals don’t attack humans for no reason.  However some can be very dangerous for humans if provoked or threatened , especially if they are hungry.  Here are some techniques to adopt to survive an animal attack scot-free. 

It is important to have a few techniques up your sleeve if you want to protect yourself during an animal attack, whether it is a defensive, territorial or a predator attack.  Bears and sharks, due to their size, stature and behaviour always seem to be the most dangerous animal that you wouldn’t want to come across in the wild.  However sharks and bears don’t kill as many humans in attacks in comparison to other wild animals.  In fact they are not even in the top ten.

The list of the most dangerous animals for humans might surprise you as bears and sharks are not as dangerous as you might think. In fact they are less dangerous in terms of moralities caused by attack than lions, wolves, snakes and even elephants.  However it is  always good to know how to react in front of these forces of nature.  here are 12 techniques that you should adopt if you are attacked by a wild animal.

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1/ Snake attacks: Stamp your feet

Although the majority of snakes are not poisonous, some snake bites can be fatal.  In about 80% of cases, snake bites happen when trying to capture the reptile or if it feels it is being attacked.  If you notice that a snake is following you, you should stamp your feet on the ground.  The sonar waves should send it packing.  If you have been bitten don’t try and suck the venom from your wound.  Instead you should run clear water over the wound and out pressure on the bite so that it stops bleeding.  Don’t forget to call the emergency services as well!

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2/ Bee attack: Wear white clothes in the undergrowth

We can often forget that bees are wild animals even those that are looked after by bee keeper. These small, striped workers defend their hives and their queen by extension.  This is why bees can easily try to attack you even if you are just passing their hive.  Black colours attracts bees so instead you should wear light coloured clothing so as the bees don’t try to follow you.  If you are pursued by  swarm of bees you should try and hide yourself in a shaded place.  Lack of  light can confused the insects and they and then start to lose their sense of direction.

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3/ Crocodile attack: Run in zigzags

Crocodile jaws are one of the most powerful in the animal kingdom! This is why it is difficult to escape if you get caught.  that being said you can still try and hit the crocodile hard in the eye or the throat to knock them off balance.  These are their most sensitive areas.  If you are trying to escape its clutches you should try and make as much noise as possible (shout at the top of your lungs) and run in zigzags.  However if you notice a crocodile while you are swimming you should not make any sound or ripple as this will only attract them.  You should instead try and swim backwards as silently as you can.

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4/ Jelly fish bite: Go back into the water

Peeing on a jelly fish bite won’t help to soothe the pain if anything it will just make it worse!  Instead you use the water that you have on hand, the sea if course (or any other salted water)!  Don’t use freshwater as this will only worsen the situation.  You can remove any of the tentacles with an eyebrow plucker.

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5/ An elephant charge:Find a natural barrier

Elephant are generally harmless except when they are provoked or if you have put yourself between a mother and their child.  Their immense size means that if they are angry they can do a lot of damage…  If you notice that the elephant’s trunk is bent and that it has lowered its ears backwards then you can be sue that it has decide to charge and trample you.  In this instance you should not run but instead try and find a natural barrier on the ground either a rock or a tree.

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6/ Lion attack: Remain eye contact make lots of noise

If you have the misfortune of finding yourself face to face with a lion you should look at it straight in the eye.  Keep eye contact and don’t turn around.  Losing visual contact can spark an animal attack.  Try to make yourself look bigger by raising your arms or shaking clothes above your head.  As well as making big movements you should speak with a loud voice and make a lot of noise which is an unusual behaviour for a prey.  No matter how much you do these movements the lion in front of you might be really hungry…

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