Deaths by Various Causes
Some non-fatal injury stats
The top 20 injuries seen in USA EDs from 2005 through 2013 using the NEISS AIP data.
In “The demographics of dog bites in the United States,” Randall T. Loder writes: “Human dog bite injuries from ‘man’s best friend’ are a significant public health issue and are in the top 15 causes of non-fatal injuries.” (And these are only the reported cases.). Most bites are in the face, then arms/hands/fingers, then legs. And, when grouped by age, 70-95% of dog bites occur in the home.
On DogBite.org, they say “Each day about 1,000 U.S. citizens require emergency care treatment for serious dog bite injuries. Annually, about 14,025 citizens are hospitalized due to dog bite injuries.”
Humans, dogs, and bad ideas are much more dangerous, injurious, and deadly than wild animals are.
WWI, WWII, Nazi Germany, the Khmer Rouge, the Great Leap Forward, and many more things were caused by humans, not by snakes, coyotes, mountain lions, bears, bobcast, or other wild animal.
Criminals and dogs will chase us down relentlessly; snakes will not and lions rarely do. Much wildlife wants to avoid humans and get the heck away. Criminals and dogs are attracted to their victims.
As Steve Irwin said, I’d rather be around wild animals than around most people. Some people are great, and I love them, but too many, sadly not so much. Much of modern society and human history does not impress me.