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Eight Southern California Dangers That Could Cost Your Life

Typically, when you think of Southern California, you don't think of anything that can be described as "deadly" or "scary." But this state can be quite dangerous. From mountain lions and 200-pound bears to bad drivers and wildfires, there's a lot to be afraid of.

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1. Mountain lions

Mountain lions can be beautiful at a distance, but if you come across them face to face, you can have no doubt who will win, writes Only in Your State. That's right, it's not you. Mountain lions are found in various parts of the Southern California wildlife, so explore the area you are heading to. Most areas where mountain lions have been spotted are clearly marked, so caution should be exercised when visiting these areas.

2. Great White Shark

Southern California is known for its paradise beaches, which are ideal for swimming. But it is also known that deadly sharks are hiding in the waters near these beautiful shores, ready to attack as soon as possible. Regardless of whether you are surfing or just swimming, make sure you are aware of the conditions in the water.

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3. Western rattlesnake

If you enjoy spending time outdoors somewhere in Southern California, you are aware that there are snakes. Not all of them are dangerous, but you should stay away from the western rattlesnake, as their bites are painful and deadly.

4. Forest fires

Unfortunately, fires in Southern California have been spreading more and more deadly in recent years, especially when they come to residential areas. Although in summer dry conditions create favorable soil for forest fires, autumn and spring are the most dangerous due to strong winds that contribute to the spread of fire.

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5. Mosquitoes

Although most mosquito bites simply cause severe itching, Southern California has seen an increase in the number of mosquitoes that carry deadly viruses, including West Nile virus, which can be transmitted to animals and humans through a regular insect bite.

6. Careless Drivers

The sad fact is that driving in Southern California is a dangerous activity. Especially on the freeway when cars around you are speeding and drivers are texting while driving or just being careless behind the wheel.

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7. Black Widow Spider

Although death from this spider's bite is rare, it is still very painful and can be fatal if left untreated. If you're not sure how to identify these spiders, look for the distinctive red hourglass markings on their bellies.

8. Black bear

Bears look quite menacing due to their size - ranging from 300 to 600 pounds (136-272 kg), they are only dangerous when provoked. As long as you stay away from them, attacks can be avoided. But if you provoke a black bear, be prepared for a fight that could be deadly.

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