Largest Predator in Each U.S. State

The largest predators usually have a broad range and rare because of their places at the top of food chains. Most of them have undergone considerable population drops, and range decreases throughout America during the past centuries. These predators often require large prey and broad territories because of the high metabolic requirements and big body mass. Wide-ranging behavior and food demands often cause them to collide with humans and cattle. It is, in addition to human narrow-mindedness, makes them defenseless to extermination.

The map below shows the largest predator (and the number of observations) in each U.S. state.

Map of the largest predator in each U.S. state
Malcolm Tunnell

There are three species of bears in the United States. The most regular is the American black bear. Grizzly is observing in the U.S. states of Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Montana. The polar bear lives only in Alaska.


Native to the western 2/3 of the U.S., coyotes began considerably extending their range in the early twentieth century. Currently, The coyote most abundant largest predator in states: North Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana.

Mountain Lion

In Nebraska, the mountain lion is the largest carnivore. This state is home to about 100 animals. Mountain lions in Nebraska are a division of the larger population spread through all western U.S. states, and predators move unobstructedly among Nebraska and neighboring U.S. states, especially South Dakota and Wyoming.

American alligators and Crocodiles

The crocodile is one of two crocodilians endemic species to the U.S. The American crocodile occupies littoral environments of utmost South Florida. At the northern frontier of its range in Florida, American crocodiles coincide with alligators.

The alligator resides freshwater marshes and swamps from Texas to southeastern and coastal North Carolina.

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Terry Price
Terry Price
1 year ago

So… a black bear is bigger than a crocodile? I would have expected the largest predator in North Carolina would be a black bear. They are quite common in the western part of the state.

Terry Price corrector
Terry Price corrector
2 months ago
Reply to  Terry Price

LMAO, yes an Alligator is bigger than a black bear.

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