Louisiana has a variety of dangerous animals you should be aware of if you are in the state. While I think it’s unlikely you will be attacked by a dangerous animal in Louisiana if you are aware of your surroundings, it is possible. The best advice I can give you is to be alert when you are outside and never approach a wild animal.
Dangerous Animals in Louisiana- Alligators
According to the Louisiana Alligator Council there are over one million alligators in the state. Alligators like swamps, rivers, lakes or wherever they can have an adequate habitat. While they are more likely to eat your poodle, Alligators have certainly been known to attack humans. They are particularly dangerous to children who may not understand the danger and may look like a good meal for the big reptiles.
Dangerous Animals in Louisiana- Bears
There is a small (threatened) population of Black Bears and Louisiana Black Bears in the state. The species of bears that live in Louisiana are not usually aggressive but can be dangerous if startled. And of course mother bears are often very dangerous when they feel their cubs are in danger. For more information about American Black Bears, click here.
Dangerous Animals in Louisiana- Cougars
Like Alligators Cougars are usually more dangerous to pets than humans. The Cougar population in Louisiana is small but possibly growing. For more information about Cougarsclick here.
Dangerous Animals in Louisiana- Coyotes
Coyotes seldom attack humans but attacks do occur. Coyotes do some good in controlling vermin and helping to keep the deer in check. However Coyotes are not dogs and you can’t expect them to act like one. Rabies can be a concern with Coyotes as well. If you see a Coyote out in the daylight it is sick, injured or starving. Any of these conditions are prime to cause an attack on humans.
Dangerous Animals in Louisiana- Venomous Snakes
Louisiana has several varieties of venomous snakes to watch out for. The Eastern Coral Snake, Texas Coral Snake, Copperhead, Western Cottonmouth, Western Pygmy Rattlesnake, and the Eastern Diamondback and Canebrake Rattlesnakes can all be found in Louisiana. However snakes are not evil as some people think and would much rather run and hide from, than attack a human.
I hope you found this article on dangerous animals in Louisiana to be educational. Please give all wild animals a healthy respect and don’t approach them. This will cut down the chances of you being attacked by an animal.