The Luckiest Man Alive…
A Colorado resident must be the luckiest man alive. In the span of one year, he survived a bear mauling and a shark attack. The statistics of both attacks happening to a single individual are astronomical.
The chances of being attacked by a shark are extremely low but chances are raised when surfing or diving.
In 2000, there were 79 shark attacks reported worldwide, 11 of them fatal. In 2005 and 2006, this number decreased to 61 and 62 respectively, while the number of fatalities dropped to only four per year. The 2016 yearly total of 81 shark attacks worldwide was on par with the most recent five-year (2011–2015) average of 82 incidents annually. By contrast, the 98 shark attacks in 2015, was the highest yearly total on record. There were four fatalities worldwide in 2016, which is lower than the average of eight fatalities per year worldwide in the 2011–2015 period and six deaths per annum over the past decade. In 2016 58% of attacks were on surfers.
The chances of being mauled by a bear are even lower.
Taylor Y. Cardall and Peter Rosen, in their article “Grizzly Bear Attack” published in the Journal of Emergency Medicine documented 162 bear-inflicted injuries in the United States between 1900 and 1985. Stephen Herrero, a Canadian biologist, reports that during the 1990s bears killed around three people a year in the U.S. and Canada, as compared to the 15 people killed every year by dogs. These numbers are averages over the entire U.S. population, while the majority of the population does not live in bear habitats. The risk of a lethal bear attack accordingly increases for individuals present in bear habitats.
Survivor Describes His Incredible Story
KUSA’s Jennifer Meckles met with the Colorado man to hear his story.