Wild Animal Bites on Public and Private Land

Wild Animal Bites on Public and Private Land

A pet, service animal, or a wild animal on display in a zoo or exhibition is almost always the owner’s responsibility if it injures someone – regardless of its status as a pet or a service animal. However, wild animals also cause injuries to people. Which party is responsible when a wild animal attacks someone? The victim? Those who own the property where the attack took place? Or Authorities? Who is responsible for it?… Let’s find out

Wild Animal Attacks on Private Property

Animals kept in captivity are not subject to the common law rule of animals ferae naturae. A property owner is not liable for animal attacks on their property, but they are liable if they were negligent in preventing an injury.

In this type of animal attack case, the plaintiff (or their relatives) must establish four elements of negligence: duty of care, breach of that duty, causation, and damages.

A wild animal, on the other hand, which was merely on someone’s land when it attacked, may be hard to prove negligence. However, the law penalizes some people who do not warn other people about the dangers posed by animal attacks.

The person responsible for failing to warn others of animal attacks on their land may be liable for any injuries caused by their failure to warn. Talk to a local attorney if you’re worried about liability for animal attacks on your property. He or she will be able to provide you with any information you need about local laws.

Wild Animal Attacks that Occur on Public Land

There are jurisdictions where governments can be held liable for wild animal injuries that occur on public land. In most cases, the same argument applies to landowners who promised to warn of the threat of wild animal attack but failed to do so. When it comes to state and federal parks, the government will certainly have posted signs and rangers on hand to assist tourists. 

Although the government is usually immune from liability, it may be held responsible if the evidence is able to be presented that the government was in the best position to protect the victim from injury from a wild animal assault.

Consider consulting with Deldar legal injury attorney if you were attacked by a wild animal while on private or public land. They will be able to help you determine how to make a claim and whether your jurisdiction will accept such a suit against the government.

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