January 30, 2023

If you thought ticks and mosquitoes were the most dangerous creatures to encounter in Wisconsin, think again. Yes, those nasty blood-sucking jerks are a big problem to guard against, but Wisconsin is also home to cougars, bears, and even rattlesnakes!

The most dangerous animals in Wisconsin

My family owns a cabin in Rome, Wisconsin and I am a member of a few different Facebook groups for that area. I like to keep up to date with what’s happening in my favorite corner of the woods, but I’ve also seen many local residents post alarming images of roaming creatures picking up their tracks and security cameras, even doorbells, lately .

We may all know that bears and coyotes love to roam the Wisconsin woods, but I almost fell out of my chair when I read that rattlesnakes live there too!

Here are the five most dangerous animals (aside from ticks and mosquitoes) you’re likely to encounter in Wisconsin A-Z animals:

Photo by Bill Pennell on Unsplash

Photo by Bill Pennell on Unsplash

1. black bears: Black bears are found throughout Wisconsin, and while they are generally shy and avoid humans, they can become dangerous once they become accustomed to being fed by humans or if they feel threatened.

2. rattlesnakes: Wisconsin is actually home to about 21 different species of snakes, but the Timber Rattlesnake and the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake are the ones you need to worry about the most. These snakes are usually shy and avoid humans when given the opportunity, but if disturbed or feel threatened, they will bite in self-defense. If you are bitten, seek medical attention immediately.

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

3. Cougars: Hunting has reduced Wisconsin’s cougar population in recent years, but they are still around. If you see one, keep your distance and slowly back away.


4. Brown recluse spiders: These nasty creatures are rare in Wisconsin, but you still need to keep a close eye on them and the erratic webs they weave. Especially if you’re vacationing somewhere with a cedar roof, which these spiders especially love.

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5. white-tailed deer: White-tailed deer may be beautiful and appear harmless, but they can be dangerous when startled or protecting their young. They are also very dangerous for motorists and one of the main causes of accidents. If you encounter a deer, it’s important to give it plenty of space and not get too close.

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