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Sharks vs. Bears

A Comparison of Shark Attack Fatalities with Bear Attack Fatalities in the U.S. and Canada: 1900-2009

 Number of Bear Attack FatalitiesNumber of Shark Attack Fatalities
Canada and Alaska490
Lower 48 States1430
Total6330

Source of fatal bear attack statistics: “Fatal Attacks by American Black Bear on People: 1900-2009” by Stephen Herrero, Andrew Higgins, James E. Cardoza, Laura I. Hajduk & Tom S. Smith; published in the April, 2011 issue of the Journal of Wildlife Management.

Source of shark attack data: International Shark Attack File, May 13, 2014.