An animal doesn’t have to be exotic to be deadly. In fact, here in the U.S., the list of the animals responsible for the most deaths in the country is dominated by animals many may view as being rather ordinary and innocuous.
Take, for instance, the cow. Cows are very commonplace here in the U.S. and are animals most people probably wouldn’t identify as being particularly dangerous. However, a recent report indicates they are actually among the nation’s deadliest animals, by the numbers.
The report ranked animals based on how many human deaths they were connected with here in the U.S. yearly. Cows landed within the top five of the most deadly. The only animals responsible for a higher number of average annual deaths in the U.S. than cows were: deer, bees/wasps/hornets and dogs. Horses were tied with cows for average annual fatalities caused (at 20 deaths).
Large animals like cows can pose safety risks to humans in many ways. One is if they get out onto the roads. When a cow gets loose onto a road, it can lead to auto accidents that could result in individuals getting hurt and, yes, even killed.
This is why it is so important for livestock owners who keep cows to take appropriate steps to ensure their cows don’t escape their enclosures and get loose onto the roads. This can include things like ensuring the fences they use are in proper repair.
When a person is killed in a traffic crash involving a large farm animal, like a cow, their family may have the option to pursue legal action against the owner of the animal.
Source: Wide Open Country, “Map Shows the Animal Most Likely to Kill You in Each State,” Lindi Smith, September 2016