Be Careful, Michiganders, Or You Might Become a ‘Blood Meal’
Michigan is a state with plenty of animals that could make a meal out of a human but there's something that specifically wants to make a "Blood Meal" out of you.
Things in Michigan That Can Eat Humans
Black bears are in Michigan and have been known to weigh over 700 pounds. A black bear could easily make a meal out of an unsuspecting Michigander, but the good news is, it's highly unlikely that one will attack.
Cougars are getting spotted more and more in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and yes a cougar can eat a human. Cougars are more prevalent in Western States and have been known to attack and even eat a human. It has yet to happen in the Great Lakes state but it's only a matter of time.
Grey wolves can certainly eat a human. They are actually above the food chain with bears since they will hunt black bears and eat them. Grey wolves are all over the Upper Peninsula and it's just a matter of time before one or more crosses the ice of Lake Michigan or Lake Huron and enters the Lower Peninsula. There has yet to be a documented attack on a Michigander and hopefully, you or I will not be the first.
The whole state of Michigan is full of coyotes. Even some that have bred with wolves are called coywolf. A group of these would have no problem devouring a human. There has not been a reported attack on a Michigander yet but out west, they have been known to attack children and in some cases eat them.
What Creature in Michigan Wants to Make You a "Blood Meal?"
There is one tiny creature in Michigan that craves your blood and has the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's full attention.
These creatures are tiny and can even penetrate mosquito nets. They typically bite people around their ankles and are so small you just feel a pinch but you don't see them. Don't let the sand fly's size fool you, they carry a disease called Leishmaniasis that can cause sores all over your body. If you catch Visceral Leishmaniasis it can also lead to death.
If you have been bitten and developed sores, you are urged to seek medical attention immediately.
There is one thing that can prevent bites from sand flies and that is simple bug spray. So if you plan on walking in any woods in Michigan, primarily in the warmer months, in shorts, make sure you have on bug spray because it could be a lifesaver.
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