What are the deadliest animals in the United States? Dr. Joseph Forrester and some of his colleagues from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently answered that question in a paper titled "Fatalities From Venomous and Nonvenomous Animals in the United States (1999–2007)."
If wondering which animals and critters to avoid, here's a list of the top 10 most deadliest animals:
1) Mammals, including cats, cows, horses, pigs, raccoons, and other hoofed animals.
2) Hornets, wasps, and bees.
4) Nonvenomous insects or nonvertebrates.
5) Nonvenomous snakes and lizards, alligators, or crocodiles.
6) Venomous spiders.
7) Venomous arthropods that weren't spiders, scorpions, centipedes and millipedes.
8) Venomous snakes and lizards.
9) Marine animals.
10) Crocodiles and alligators.
Interestingly, bears didn't even make the top 10! The Outisde Magazine blog has a break down on the number of deaths associated with each of these categories if you wish to look more in depth at the study.