A new study has worked out which animal is a matter of the most deaths in the US. So, what will it be: Sharks hiding off the coast of Florida? The 220 -kilogram( 485 pounds) grizzlies in Alaska? Rattlesnakes making trouble in the dusty south?
Well, actually, the answer got a lot closer to home. According to the study, are presented in the journal Wilderness& Environmental Medicine, the deadliest animals in the US are actually farm animals, bugs, and bird-dogs. It looks like the age-old wise that “most accidents happen in the home” is still true-life, even when those collisions involve animals.
The research collected data on the 1,610 reported animal-related fatalities between 2008 and 2015. In total, just 43 percent of fatalities, around 86 fatalities a year, were can be attributed to venomous animals.
“Importantly, most fatalities are not actually due to wild animals like mountain lion, wolves, bears, sharks, etc ., but are a result of deadly encounters with farm animals, anaphylaxis from bees, wasps, or hornet stingings, and puppy attempts, ” contribute researcher Jared A Forrester, MD, Department of Surgery, Stanford University, said in a statement.
“So, while it is important that people recreating in the desert know what to do when they encounter a potentially dangerous animal, the actual risk of demise is quite low.”
A startling 576 people were killed in this period by “other mammals.” Although this category includes a range of animals such as cats and raccoons, such studies notes further that “the majority of these ‘other mammals’ deaths occur on farms, likely as a result of encounters with farm animals.”
The second largest murderers were hornets, wasps, and bees due to anaphylaxis, which killed a total of 478 people. This, the researchers note, emphasizes the importance of people with known bee sting allergies to always carry a portable epinephrine delivery machine, ie an Epipen, with them at all times.
Man’s best friend, the dog, was third in the ranks, accounting for 272 fatalities within the seven-year period. Most of these deaths involved young children, according to Dr Forrester: “The burden of fatality upon young children after puppy encounters remains troubling. These are preventable deaths.”
Not all animals are out to get us, nonetheless. Rats and venomous marine animals didn’t kill a single person in the whole 7-year interval. Crocodiles and alligators killed simply one person, scorpions killed two, and other reptiles killed one. Marine animals, which includes sharks and other marine mammals such as whales, killed a mere 13 people, less than 2 people a year. Which is showing Jaws-related hysteria surrounding sharks is ridiculous, plus the fact that humans kill over 273 million sharks every year.
This researcher was a follow-up to their previous learn encompassing the period 1999 -2 007. Comparing both sets of data they discovered that despite most animal deaths being preventable, mortality rates haven’t lessened. Apparently, we’ll never learn.