Illinoisans Have The Best Chance Of Wild Animal Attack In Midwest
I must admit that some of the information I'm about to share with you is going to be a bit of a buzzkill. You probably thought, like I did, that one of the great benefits of living in Illinois is our distinct lack of dangerous animals and creepy-crawlies.
But, if that were actually true, how is it that Illinois leads the Midwest, and a big portion of the entire country in dangerous wildlife encounters?
Let's continue and find out just how dangerous Illinois animals and bugs can be, and how we were lulled into a false sense of animal security.
A New Study Takes A Look At Animal Attacks Of All Sorts Since The Year 2000 In The United States, And Breaks It Down State By State
Comparing data from the last 20+ years, we’ve been able to determine the most and least dangerous places to live in America according to the number of animal attacks that occur there – as well as your chances of being confronted by the local wildlife.
Here in Illinois, when you combine fatal attacks from mammals, arthropods (insects, spiders, mites, centipedes, etc.) and fish since the year 2000, you get a grand total of 116.
For contrast, Wisconsin had 107, Iowa had 42, Minnesota had 60, Missouri had 109, and Indiana had 70.
The Most Dangerous And Likely States For An Animal Attack Are Mainly In The South
According to BetOhio.com's numbers, no state has recorded more animal attack related fatalities than Texas, with a count of 559 over the last 22 years.
Next comes California (breaking the South's monopoly), with a total of 312.
Then, it's Florida with 257, North Carolina with 180, and then Tennessee with 165.