Which Animals Kill The Most Humans In The US?

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon

Which Animals Kill The Most Humans In The U.S.


About 200 Americans are killed per year by animals, according to one study, and the most common perpetrators may be surprising.

A recent Washington Post analysis of government data between 2001 and 2013 found that the main culprits are flying insects such as bees, wasps, and hornets which kill an average of 58 people annually.

The cause is mostly from anaphylactic shock due to an allergic reaction to the sting.

Running a relatively close second at 52 deaths a year are miscellaneous mammals including deer, horses, and pigs.

13 PHOTOS
Bees
See Gallery
Which Animals Kill The Most Humans In The US?
Photo: Sze Fei Wong via Getty
Photo: Florin Tirlea via Getty
Photo: Tony Campbell via Shutterstock
Photo via Getty
Photo via Getty
Photo via Getty
close up of honey bees flying
Photo via Getty
Photo via Getty
Photo via Shutterstock
HOMESTEAD, FL - MAY 19: A honeybee is seen at the J & P Apiary and Gentzel's Bees, Honey and Pollination Company on May 19, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. U.S. President Barack Obama's administration announced May 19, that the government would provide money for more bee habitat as well as research into ways to protect bees from disease and pesticides to reduce the honeybee colony losses that have reached alarming rates. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
A bee collects pollen in a sunflower field, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, near Lawrence, Kan. The 40 acre field planted annually by the Grinter family draws bees and lovers of sunflowers alike during the weeklong late summer blossoming of the flowers. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION


Dogs are next with 28 human victims, and cows kill about 20, mostly farm handlers.

This means that cows cause 2 0 times the human fatalities as sharks, alligators, and bears which are perceived as the most ferocious animals but only claim a victim a year each.

Last year, Bill Gates reported that globally, mosquitos are the deadliest animals for humans at 725,000 deaths—mostly through the transmission of malaria and other diseases.

He also tweeted they are much more dangerous than lions which kill about 100 people annually.

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners