[pct-l] interesting facts

yogi yogihikes at sbcglobal.net
Fri Dec 1 13:57:14 CST 2006

yes, I understand how statistics read differently
depending upon what they're applied to or related to.

I simply found the statement interesting.  I was
trying to lighten up all the bickering and one-up-ness
on the PCT-L lately.  Guess that didn't work.


--- bluebrain at bluebrain.ca wrote:

> Stats are tricky!  These are just raw numbers and
> don't speak to the
> proportion of the population that's exposed to these
> various critters.
> Bees are everywhere, all year round.  Most of us
> will get at least one bee
> stings over the course of our lives.  There are
> plenty of varieties of
> deadly snakes (four in the continental US) and some
> share habitat with
> humans.  There's no shortage of poison spiders
> around the world ...
> funnel-web, red-backs, brown recluse, black widow,
> to name a few that can
> kill humans.  Dogs are plentiful and live almost
> exclusively in human
> country.
> So, all in all, a large percentage of the human
> population is exposed to
> bees, snakes, spiders and dogs, while relatively few
> of us, comparatively
> speaking, spend time in bear country.
> There are also billions of these other creatures,
> while there are really
> very few bears, even when in bear country.
> Interesting stats for sure, but unfortunately not a
> good representation of
> relative risk.
> Still, good numbers to reassure friends and family
> when they express worry
> about trail safety.  ;-)
> Cheers,
> Paul
> > For every human death from a bear,
> > 17 people die from spiders bites
> > 25 people die from snake bites
> > 67 people die from dog attacks
> > 180 people die from bee stings.
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