Though insects generally top the charts of animals we hate the most, there are plenty of mammals which we can’t stand either. Some animals we hate because they invade our spaces and damage our property (much like some other humans). Some we hate because of their deadly rampages and/or attacks. And some we hate because of their transmission of disease which wipes out millions of humans each year. We even hate one, seemingly just because. You can’t help but feel sorry for some of these hated mammals.
The amount we dislike animals differs strongly by culture and geographic location. For instance, most Americans love elephants because they see them in zoos or on documentaries. However, plenty of Indians living alongside the largest land mammal hate them because they destroy farmland and have even been known to drunkenly kill villagers. (See the list item about elephants for more on their drunken killing spree which caused a village uproar and witchhunt.)
Though some animals such as #14 may be more expected on this list, you may be surprised to find that some of the best-known animals in the world are also the biggest nuisances. Including everything from the king of the savanna to one of our closest companions, these are the 25 Most Hated Mammals on Earth.
The hyena is the first to start off our list of the top 25 most hated mammals known to man. Though primarily a scavenger, the hyena can also hunt for prey if there’s not enough carrion (dead animals) around. During periods (such as war) when there are high human casualties, hyenas have been known to develop a liking for human flesh and even hunt live humans if not enough corpses are around.
Though it may look cute, the red fox is more of a menace. Kept in check (and keeping small mammals in check) in its native habitats of Eurasia, North Africa, and Central America, the red fox has become an invasive species in Australia where it was introduced in the mid 1800’s for hunting. The fox often kills newborn lambs and carries rabies. With a range of 190 miles (305 km), the red fox’s effects can be devastating on an ecosystem.
The brushtail possum is a native mammal to Australia and was introduced to New Zealand in the 19th century. Since then, the animal has ravenously devoured eucalyptus leaves and threatened many local bird species. Even worse for Kiwi farmers, possums are the main method of transferring bovine tuberculosis which can quickly rip through a herd. For the benefit of Kiwi beef, it’s probably best we keep hating this animal.
Popularized by a comedic YouTube video of a man narrating a day in the life of the “crazy nastya** honey badger”, the honey badger holds the Guinness Book of World Records prize as “the most fearless animal on the planet”. Known to send even lions scurrying off their prey, the honey badger is incredibly difficult to kill due to its loose and tough skin. Neither dogs nor machetes have proven effective against this beast which easily can rip up hen houses. Even worse, the honey badger is known for surplus killing whereby it kills way more prey than it can eat.
Sounding more like the latest health food bar, the nutria (or coypu) is a semi-aquatic rodent which mildly resembles the beaver. Once cultivated for their fur, large feral populations now roam territories outside its native South America. Though only a herbivore, the nutria devours river plant stems and has now become the most common herbivore in Louisiana’s marshes. Everyone down in the bayou hates the creatures which contribute to Louisiana’s loss of a football field-sized patch of wetland every hour, partially by destroying local dykes and irrigation systems.