If you thought ticks and mosquitoes were the most dangerous creatures you need to worry about encountering in Wisconsin, think again. Yes, those nasty blood-sucking jerks are a major problem you need to protect yourself from, but Wisconsin is also home to cougars, bears, and even rattlesnakes!

Most Dangerous Animals in Wisconsin

My family owns a cabin in Rome, Wisconsin, and I am a member of a couple of different Facebook groups for that area. I like staying in the know about what's happening in my favorite neck of the woods, but I've also been seeing a lot of residents in that area posting alarming pictures of roaming creatures that their trail and security cameras, even ring doorbells have captured lately.

We all may know that bears and coyotes like to roam the woods in Wisconsin, but I about fell off my chair when I read that rattlesnakes live there too!

Here are the five most dangerous animals (outside of ticks and mosquitoes) that you are likely to encounter in Wisconsin according to AZ Animals:

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

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

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

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4. Brown Recluse Spiders: These nasty creatures are rare in Wisconsin, but you still need to keep a close eye out for them and the irregular webs they spin. Especially if you're vacationing in some place with a cedar shake roof, which these spiders particularly love.

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5. White-tailed deer:  White-tailed deer may be beautiful and seem harmless, but they can be dangerous if they are startled or are protecting their young. They are also very dangerous for drivers and are a leading cause of accidents. If you encounter a deer, it is important to give it plenty of space and avoid getting too close.

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