25 Most Dangerous Predators In The Wild

Posted by on August 2, 2013

The wild is the hunting ground of the most dangerous predators out there, though some predators inhabit urban areas as well. Some animals are designed for speed and agility which comes in handy in the game of survival.  However, there are those animals, whose natural design have made them into lean, efficient, hunting machines. Check out these 25 most dangerous predators in the wild.  If you see one of these bad boys…run.


25

Hyena

Hyenas may not pose much of a threat during the day, but it’s an entirely different ballgame at night. As the most common large carnivore in Africa they have been known to hunt humans although this behavior tends to happen during wartime and disease outbreaks due to their strong affinity for human corpses.

24

Stellar Sea Lion

Also known as the northern sea lion, it is a near threatened species of sea lion that mostly inhabits the northern Pacific. A skilled and opportunistic predator, it feeds on a wide range of fish and even larger animals such as seals.

23

Red Fox

Although not typically seen as dangerous to humans, red foxes have been a nuisance towards human populations in the past, especially for farmers and others relying on livestock for their livelihood. This species of fox has a long history in folklore and typically expands its territory along with human populations.

22

Raccoons

While raccoons are hunted for their fur, there are now an increasing number of them in the urban areas due to the lost of their natural habitats. While these little creatures are not predators, you must still be wary of them as their bites can cause viral illness that cans result in death if treatment is not given right away. This has been a re-emerging public threat, so the best option is still not to approach them even if you saw them plundering your trash.

21

Tse Tse Fly

Also known as tik-tik flies, these are large blood sucking flies that inhabit much of Africa, between the Sahara and the Kalahari deserts. Although they are not your typical predator they do carry diseases like African sleeping sickness that can wreak havoc and kill hundreds of thousands of people every year.

20

Wild Boar

Extremely omnivorous, wild boar will eat almost anything they come across from berries and nuts to insects and even small deer. They are extremely defensive and if cornered they will almost certainly attack.

19

Leopards

The most reclusive of the large cats and often confused for cheetahs, leopards are opportunistic hunters that prey on smaller mammals and rodents, especially in cases where other food sources are unavailable. They have smaller physical builds than lions, so they normally hunt at night to avoid confrontation. They have also developed an exceptional ability to climb trees and drag large carcasses along with them.

18

Mosquito

Like the tse tse fly, mosquitos are not really predators as much as they are parasites. They do, however, manage to cause more death and destruction than most creatures on the planet thanks to their unrivaled ability to transmit disease. In some sense you could say mosquitos are one of the more dangerous animals on the planet.



17

Grizzly Bear

Although all bears can be aggressive predators, grizzlies are well known for being extremely protective and prone to attack humans. Of course, this sort of behavior doesn’t usually occur unless the mother feels as though her cubs are being threatened.

16

Piranha

Out of all the different species of freshwater fish, the piranha with its sharp teeth and voracious appetite for meat is the most fearsome. Some Brazilian rivers even have warning signs as these ferocious predators can consume entire animals or humans in just a matter of seconds.

15

African Lion

With a daily requirement of 15 pounds of meat, the African lion is a well known apex predator that spends most of its time on the hunt. Primarily nocturnal, lions do not typically hunt humans although they have been known to do so in the past. These lions are usually large males and have come to be known as man-eaters.

14

Komodo Dragon

A large species of lizard found in the Indonesian islands, komodo dragons are not picky eaters. They will scavenge everything from birds to water buffalos, and even dig human remains from shallow graves. It is a good thing that they only need to feed once a month and the low number of human attacks can be attributed to their limited interactions.

13

Australian Saltwater Crocodile

Mostly found in Northern Australia and other parts of Southeast Asia, it takes 30 years for this breed of crocodile to reach its full size. However, saltwater crocodiles are also considered highly opportunistic and territorial predators, so they may also have the tendency to treat humans as prey once they enter their territory.

12

King Cobra

The world’s largest venomous snake can reach a length of 5.6 m and is found predominantly in the forest. Although it is not the most toxic poisonous snake, it can kill an elephant with just one bite. It tracks its prey by site and smell; and then kills its prey by striking, injecting it with venom, and swallowing it whole. An aggressive predator, its preferred diet includes other venomous and non-venomous snakes, birds, and small reptiles.

11

Gray Wolf

A species of canid that is native to the remote areas and wilderness of North America and Eurasia; they share similar characteristics in appearance and proportions to the German shepherd except with longer legs, a larger head, and bigger paws. An apex predator throughout its range, it tends to feed on large mammals and livestock. Attacks on humans are rare but if food is scarce enough then this particular species of wolf has been known to extend its list of prey to include humans.