BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) – As summer begins to heat up, many Americans are heading to the outdoors for some fun in the sun. But, outdoor activities come with risks, including dangerous wild animals. Eight people die from animal attacks annually across the US, with thousands seeking medical attention following bites each year.

A report from BetOhio.com analyzed underlying cause of death statistics from the CDC since 2000 and pulled recorded fatalities on humans by wildlife for each state to find out where residents are most likely to encounter a dangerous animal. The report found that while Texas had the most fatal attacks reported, West Virginia had the highest rate when compared with population.

RankStateMost Fatal Attacks
1Texas559
2California312
3Florida257
4North Carolina180
5Tennessee165
6Georgia156
7Ohio152
8Pennsylvania137
9Michigan130
10Illinois116
11New York113
12Missouri109
13Wisconsin107
14Oklahoma96
15Arizona95
Data compiled by BetOhio.com

Texas’s total fatal attacks far surpass second place state California, with over 200 more fatal attacks. According to BetOhio.com, most of those attacks came from dogs (79) and other mammals (207), but the state ranked the highest across categories of animals as well, including hornets, snakes, and lizards.

Despite having a high number of fatal animal attacks, Texas has only a one in 53,842 chance of being involved in a dangerous animal encounter, compared to West Virginia’s rate of one in 30,271.

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RankStateOne in (chance)
1West Virginia30,271
2Montana31,232
3Alaska36,038
4Mississippi40,569
5South Dakota41,025
6Arkansas41,671
7Oklahoma41,741
8Idaho42,148
9Tennessee42,435
10Wyoming44,787

Vermont, North Dakota, and New Hampshire had no reports of fatal animal attacks since 2000, making them the safest states, according to BetOhio.com. Rhode Island (1) and Delaware (2) round out the top five list.