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Animals: Largest Predators in Each U.S. State

Guess the animals that are the largest predator by weight in at least one U.S. state.
Does not include animals that live exclusively in the water such as sharks or orcas
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Last updated: March 22, 2021
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First submittedMarch 21, 2021
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States
Predator
California, New York, Michigan +26 others
Black bear
Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, +6 others
American alligator
Delaware, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota
Coyote
Idaho, Wyoming, Montana
Brown bear
Alaska
Polar bear
Florida
American crocodile
Nebraska
Mountain lion
Hawaii
Domestic cat
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Level 51
Mar 21, 2021
First comment, great quiz!
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Level 70
Mar 23, 2021
Great Quiz! I'd like to give a shout out to Bigfoot!
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Level 86
Mar 24, 2021
Unfortunately they weigh just a pound or two less than the black bear, on average. ;)
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Level 67
Apr 10, 2021
Makes sense. I was wondering why it wasn't on here.
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Level 83
Mar 23, 2021
Aren't there domestic dogs in Hawaii that are bigger than domestic cats?

Not to mention Hawaiian Monk Seals that weigh up to 600 pounds and are described as "opportunistic predators" by Wikipedia.

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Level 78
Mar 23, 2021
Or human beings for that matter?
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Level 93
Mar 23, 2021
Nope, they grow their cats big in Hawaii. :)
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Level 71
Mar 23, 2021
Finally a quiz that doesn't exclusively accept "grizzly." Nice quiz!
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Level 51
Mar 23, 2021
You're wrong :)
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Level 71
Mar 24, 2021
Perhaps an exaggeration about there existing no quizzes which exclusively accept grizzly, but I've been encountering an annoying amount of quizzes which only accept "grizzly bear," and won't accept "brown bear." Therefore I was excited when I saw that "brown bear" was accepted.

So which quiz is it that you're referring to as the counterexample?

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Level 65
Mar 23, 2021
IUCN has different information and is probably more reliable than iNaturalist. According to IUCN there are mountain lions in North Dakota, there are grizzly bears in Washington, and there are not black bears in South Dakota, Kansas, or Ohio.
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Level 72
Mar 23, 2021
Wolverines in Michigan?
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Level 82
Mar 24, 2021
Actually, no. Not for a long time. There are Wolverines in Ann Arbor, but no one considers them predators.
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Level 86
Mar 24, 2021
No, in fact many of us Buckeye fans consider them prey! ;)
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Level 55
Apr 10, 2021
As a Michigan fan, I was a bit triggered by that, but I have to admit that was super clever.
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Level 76
Apr 10, 2021
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (and according to what I've seen while in the woods), there are black bears in Ohio.
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Level 66
Mar 23, 2021
Jaguars have been spotted in Arizona and New Mexico multiple times in the last 10 years
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Level 86
Mar 30, 2021
Black bears are still heavier. Jaguars average from 123-200 lbs. with the largest being around 350. There have been many black bears on record (including one in Arizona) over 900 lbs., though the larger males are usually around 250 lbs.
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Level 68
Mar 23, 2021
I put cat in as a joke..
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Level 73
Mar 24, 2021
Good quiz. I deduced that the state I was missing was Hawaii, but I did not guess cat. I think some of the quibbles others have with that answer make sense (though domestic dogs, generally, are not really predatory, while cats, however tame, always retain their predatory nature). Hawaii lacks some predators common to much of the U.S. such as coyotes and bears, but it does have several large seabirds, such as Salvin's albatross, that, I believe, are generally larger and outweigh most cats.
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Level 67
Apr 10, 2021
"Domestic Cat" might be a good candidate for a greyed out answer.
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Level 69
Apr 10, 2021
I would consider dogs to be predators -- even those that are domesticated and not dangerous to people will chase and kill rabbits, squirrels, etc. if they are on a farm or somewhere that they can run freely.
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Level 84
Mar 24, 2021
You forgot land sharks. Those things are liable to show up anywhere.
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Level 65
Apr 10, 2021
Plenty of them in Wall Street!
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Level 92
Mar 24, 2021
Congrats on the feature!
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Level 92
Mar 24, 2021
what about chupacabras for puerto rico? just kidding
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Level 76
Mar 25, 2021
Maybe add a caveat excluding humans
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Level 70
Apr 11, 2021
Yeah, pretty sure humans do hunt sometimes and that they're bigger than domestic cats and don't spend most of their time in water!
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Level 91
Apr 4, 2021
This really helps narrow down the best state to live in: Hawaii
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Level 91
Apr 4, 2021
Also I'm surprised about the lack of dogs larger than a cat there.
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Level 83
Apr 4, 2021
I believe it’s just that cats are considered predators, whereas dogs are not.
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Level 84
Apr 11, 2021
dogs could be predators. The gray wolves that they descended from certainly were. But when domesticated dogs are abandoned or set loose near human populations they tend to act more as omnivores and scavengers, rummaging through the trash and so on. Feral cats certainly do that, too, but they also prey upon small birds and rodents. I guess dogs might kill and eat a rat if it was hungry enough, too, so, nevermind, I don't know...
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Level 67
Apr 10, 2021
I knew it was Hawaii left but holy heck, no way I could have come up with that answer.
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Level 69
Apr 10, 2021
Here in North Texas, my NextDoor app has postings near daily warning neighbors about coyote and bobcat sightings. It's our fault for encroaching on their habitats. That said, the advent smart doorbells with motion sensitive cameras has really made us aware of the size of the wild animal population in our own backyards.
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Level 78
Apr 10, 2021
feral cat should have been accepted
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Level 55
Apr 10, 2021
Any reason why you couldn't type just "cat"?
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Level 57
Apr 10, 2021
guessing catamount helped me get Hawaii, lol probably would have guessed cat without that type in.
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Level 57
Apr 10, 2021
could you accept ice bear?
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Level 72
Apr 12, 2021
Interesting little quiz, thanks!

Any chance the States column could open up to show all of the states where each animal is the largest predator, instead of e.g. ...+26 others ?

I suppose I could just click on the Source...

Edit: I clicked on the Source, and it's really good! You should definitely make a map quiz where the states light up once guessed!

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Level 75
May 14, 2021
agreed, adding a map would be nice!
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Level 59
Apr 12, 2021
Lmao Hawaii.
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Level 59
Apr 12, 2021
Grey wolves are much larger than coyotes, and they live in Illinois.
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Level 43
Aug 31, 2022
i was so suprised to find no wolves
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Level 73
Apr 13, 2021
Aren't there wolves in Yellowstone?
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Level 63
Apr 14, 2021
Florida's got Matt Gaetz, amiright?
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Level 67
Apr 16, 2021
America's got crocs too? Huh.
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Level 59
Jun 26, 2021
Forgot about brown bear because they don’t live in California
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Level 72
Dec 23, 2021
For Hawaii I guessed...shark and orca (should have read the addendum first).
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Level 87
Dec 24, 2021
Isn't there a perennial debate about polar bears and Kodiak bears being bigger, depending on biggest one ever weighed who happened to be on a scale, average size, height standing up, and all that?
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Level 70
May 12, 2022
Elephant seals ... a bull can be up to 1800 pounds.
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Level 73
Jun 3, 2022
I even guessed dog... why didn't I guess cat