The mammal list of Grand Canyon national park lists wolves and mountain lions. The reptile list mentions six species of rattlesnakes with venomous bites. The elk represent one of the largest ungulate species in the world, and can be deadly when aggressive.
But the rangers will tell you that none of those are the most dangerous animals in the Grand Canyon. The most dangerous animal in the Grand Canyon is…
I know what you are thinking. The rock squirrel does not look dangerous, it looks cute! But as it turns out, the rock squirrels carry fleas and fleas carry the plague, and the plague is more dangerous than a rattlesnake bite.
Unfortunately, the squirrels are also very cheeky*. They know you have trail mix, and they WANT IT.
I was completely surrounded. They were sneaking up on all sides.
While I was photographing Mr. Chubby Cheeks above, this other guy was trying very hard to break into my pack. He got his nose right into my camera.
I shouted something to the effect of, “Bugger off!”
Oh well, I hope I didn’t get the plague.