The wilderness is filled with a lot of animals. Some animals are friendly while others may pose a threat to your safety. For this reason, we recommend keeping yourself prepared when wild animals attack.
In this article, we shall be looking into some dangerous animals that you can encounter as you travel outdoors.
We will also discuss ways on how to prevent attacks and basic self-defense maneuvers.
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There are a number of dangerous animals which you can encounter during your outdoor trip in the wilderness since this is a place where wild animals live. Here are some of them and how you can prevent attacks.
Grizzly bears are not particularly fond of eating people. Nevertheless, they are known as animals who can consume human flesh. It can attack and potentially kill a person should it get surprised.
If you see a dead carcass of animal, we recommend getting away as it can belong to a grizzly. You pet dogs may also irritate this bear lead it to your location.
Should you come in contact with a grizzly, you should remain calm and back off slowly. You must not turn away on your back and run as it might start an attack. We suggest avoiding eye contact as it signifies aggression.
Lastly, you can just submit and life with your face on your group. You can cover the head using your hands and arms. When all else fail, you can play or act as if you are dead. This may cause the grizzly to leave you.
In general, bears are very dangerous animals. Regardless of their species, they pose a great risk for your safety should you surprise them. They can easily attack you if you compete with their food.
Black bears present less threat to people. However, they can easily scare you while you are wandering in their territory. They have caused around 50 fatalities in humans for the past century in North part of America.
If you encounter a bear in your camp, we suggest not running as they can respond with an attack. You should keep your movements in a deliberate and slow manner. Never approach the bear.
You can also start making loud noises that can distract and scare the bear away. Lastly, you can wave both of your arms on a height that can make you appear larger than them.
Despite being rare in the wild, they can still present a threat to humans, especially for injured ones. With their sensitive ears, they can easily hear you going in their direction even if you are miles away.
There has been misinformation and rumors with regard to wolves. They are not as wild as other animals. You can even come close with them and end up getting no attack at all. Nevertheless, it is still advisable to practice precaution when threatened by them.
If you come across a wolf, we suggest rounding them up. You should keep your kids close with the group. You can just holler on the wolf and sometimes it is enough to allow them to go away.
You should never ever run. You just need to pack up things and move at a steady pace when leaving the area. As a protection, we suggest you keep everyone on close proximity for the whole night.
Also known as mountain lions, they are among the predators which stalk their victim. If you are considered by them as a prey, they will follow until the moment they can attack you.
Cougars do not attack humans traveling in huge groups. With this, it is essential to stay intact when this animal is around.
Should you encounter a cougar, we suggest you keep still and remember to stand tall. You should not run, hide or try to crouch down.
You also must not keep your sight away from the animal or even turn on your back. The most important thing is to try appearing larger compared with the cougar.
If the cougar starts to be aggressive, you can wave the arms, throw rocks on them or shout.
Your best defense action on wild animals is to keep a good distance away from them. You may also complete several steps in order to prevent them from getting attracted to your location.
Here are some of the things you can do to avoid an attack.
1. Keep your camp clean
We recommend practicing cleanliness throughout the whole campsite. You can start by washing used cooking and eating utensils.
As much as possible, DO NOT STOCK UP ON THE USED DISHES.
You can also seed food items in an airtight container. There are also bear-proof canisters available in the market which prevents animals to access your food. You can hang the food on higher ground as well.
2. Avoid bringing pet food in the area
Similar with your normal food, PET FOOD MAY ALSO ATTRACT WILD ANIMALS FROM COMING IN YOUR CAMPSITE. This type of food specifically attracts bears.
Moreover, it can also draw small wildlife which is considered as a prey for cougars.
3. Maintain proper waste management
As a rule of thumb, you must treat your waste similarly as how you would treat your food. You can store it on bear-proof containers as well as hang it on trees. You must keep it this way up until you can remove it out of your camp area.
4. Never take your food inside the tent!
Bringing food inside the tent can potentially endanger you. Wild animals can easily smell the scent of food.
If you are near your food or sleeping beside it, you can potentially encounter attacks from animals.
5. Do not feed animals
Experts suggest not feeding wild animals such as squirrels, raccoons and deer. These animals can highly attract cougars.
6. Change your clothes after cooking dinner
We highly suggest changing your clothes before you sleep. Your used clothes may have still retained the scent of your cooked meals. Thus, this may attract several animals from coming to your area.
You should also keep these clothes in the same area where you keep the food. With this, it is advisable not to bring them inside your tent.
Even though you have followed these pieces of advice, you should still prepare for unfortunate wild attacks.
YOU MUST CARRY TOOLS THAT CAN HELP YOU DEFEND YOURSELF!
It is inevitable to encounter wild animals as you explore the wilderness. With this, it is essential to practice several safety precautions to prevent vicious wild animals from attacking.
In general, we recommend keeping items that can be used for self-defense near you. You will never know when you need to use them.
We also recommend learning techniques that you can use to discourage having a physical encounter with wild animals.