Bee Stings and Cow Kicks Kill Way More Americans Than Sharks
Around 200 people in the U.S. die every year from run-ins with animals, according to a new study, which found that over one million emergency room visits and approximately $2 billion in healthcare spending are attributable annually to problematic animal encounters.
While bear or shark attacks might spring to mind, the majority of the deaths were either from venomous attacks by insects, encounters with dogs, or farm incidents.
“The risk of death due to domesticated animals such as farm animals and dogs far outweigh those due to any wild animals,” lead author Jared A. Forrester, with Stanford University’s Department of Surgery, told Earther. “The rates of death due to wild animals remained exceedingly low.”