Lions, tigers, bears, and deer. Oh My!

Earlier I wrote about the terrorism that is brutally killing 38,000 Americans this year in nightmarish fashion. I have now identified a group is responsible for 200 of these deaths and they are not even legal American citizens. What group sounds more lethal, the sharks, the snakes, the snakes, the wildcats or the deer? The deer should be the name that strikes terror into your heart. According to Brian Resnick:

every year, deer are involved in 1.2 million motor vehicle collisions, resulting in around 200 deaths, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That makes deer deadlier than predators like the North American grizzly, great white sharks, and all venomous snakes combined.

Resnick argues that we could reduce this problem by more hunting or, more controversially:

a reestablished cougar population decreases the number of deer-vehicle accidents by 22 percent. The estimate is based on the assumption that “a single cougar would kill 259 deer over an average 6-year lifespan,” the paper notes. Each cougar, then, would yield a $37,600 savings in auto insurance claims. In total, the paper argues, a reestablished cougar population would save about five human lives a year and prevent 680 injuries…. the increased cougar horde would only injure around five people a year, and maybe cause one death.

Here is a more comprehensive article about deaths due to animals.

Update: Paul Neufeld Weaver wrote to point out that the first two sentences were muddled, so I hopefully clarified them now. Thanks Paul!

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