Since the beginning of time, humans have enjoyed spending their time outdoors. Although recent developments in society have reduced the amount of time people spend doing outdoor activities, many citizens still like to spend weekends discovering forgotten places in the forest. Whether it’s hiking, camping, fishing, hunting or some other outdoor adventure, it’s important to think about the places you’re going.
If you go to a place that has a high frequency of encounters with animals, you should plan accordingly. Or, if you’re in a place that seems to have an unfortunate flow of bad weather, make sure you find a way to fight it. Always stay alert and think about what you can do to support yourself, and any other person accompanying you safely when dealing with a dangerous outdoor situation. While most of these adventurers are experienced hikers and campers, sometimes even the best are put in situations that can endanger life if they are not careful.
The worst thing you can do when you visit the forest is to think you know everything about that particular place. No matter how much prior experience you may have, there is no way to know everything about a specific place. This is where animals begin to play a role in outdoor travel. Animals are naturally unpredictable, and when placed in a situation they consider dangerous, they will do whatever is necessary to keep themselves safe, even if that means attacking a human who walks nearby.
Although it is a pretty trite expression, it is always better to have a plan than simply to start walking. When it comes to animals, usually common sense will play a role in escaping unharmed, and if you do not, then there are other steps to take to stay safe in the desert, or even at home. Regardless of where you are, it is absolutely vital to understand how to avoid the attacks of wild animals and, in the right situation, escape from a possible attack.
When animals attack, there is no definitive recipe for success, but guidelines to follow to stay safe. As mentioned earlier, common sense plays an important role in determining the outcome of an encounter with animals, but there is no guarantee that it will decide the outcome.
There are so many different animals that could potentially appear and give you problems, and for each of them, there are certain ways to keep you safe in a dangerous encounter with them. In order for everyone to have some basic understanding of what to do in case of an attack, potential outdoor adventurers should pay attention to the advice that will be presented.
As with most situations in which you find little information, know your environment, what kind of animals you can find and how dangerous they can be. If you go hiking to the Great Smoky Mountains, then the main problems you would face are bears, coyotes or snakes. However, if you want to venture further to the western side of the United States, you can find mountain lions, snakes, bears and wolves.
Although these are just the main examples, there are many different animals that could cause problems for you and your adventure team. Once you know your area and wildlife well enough, then you can find out what kind of danger they can cause.
Obviously, the Bears can cause life-threatening injuries, but if you play your cards well, the Bear may not even notice you. On the other hand, it will be easier to stay away from snakes, but harder to see. Because snakes can be poisonous, it would be convenient to be constantly exploring the ground in search of a place where a snake can hide. If you run into a smaller animal like a coyote, it will be a little easier to scare it, especially if you are in a large group. If possible, stay in a group, because a single human is much more attractive than ten of them together.
When animals attack, it is better to avoid conflict at all costs. There are certain preventive measures you must take to maintain the best defense you can. Always keep your distance when you are near a potential threat. If you stay away, chances are that they do not care much what you’re doing. The best way to prevent animals from approaching your camp to attack you is to take the time to make sure everything is in the right place.
Be sure to keep your campsite as clean as humanly possible. Wash all utensils and containers used in the cooking process and then store them. If there is some food left over from dinner, close it in a bear-resistant container, or hang all your food on a bear wire, away from the camp. This will allow the bear to be distracted by the suspended food, away from the camp, so he can try to sneak away while the bear is chewing.
Take all your garbage and repeat the course of action that was followed for the meal. Hang or store it in safe containers off site. Of course, there are some simple rules of common sense that should make sense to everyone.
For example, do not take your food to the store with you. There is no reason to do this, and it only helps the bear get too close to you. After having dinner, change clothes, but do not put old clothes in the store. The dinner clothes will have a strong smell, and you do not want to be caught smelling food when a bear enters the scene.
If you have a pet with you on your trip, make sure you treat your food as if it were human food. Bears are attracted to any type of food scent, and even something like pet food could trigger them. The following advice should be printed on your brain and that of your children. Never feed any wild animal that may attract other animals.
Even if it is a deer, avoid giving it something to eat, because you may not want the next visitor to go in your direction. As with any life-threatening situation, always be prepared. Stay defensive, and if you think it will be useful, use a knife, a firearm, a pepper spray, or anything you may find that hurts an animal that is attacking you. If you have all the tools you need to fight against an animal attack, then you are better off than just having your bear’s hands to help you.
In summary, plan, plan, plan and plan a little more. It is not a shame to know where you are going to travel.
Since there are so many different types of animals that could potentially attack an innocent human, they must be reduced to the animals that are most commonly found and that could attack. First on our list of animals is the ever popular bear.
When an animal attacks, it is vital to understand the behavior and patterns that potentially dangerous animals show. You’ve probably heard a million different ways to avoid becoming a bear lunch, but in case you missed it, the advice is coming. First of all, let’s make it clear that every assault in the desert is dangerous, no matter what happens.
Bears enjoy eating, and are not particular when it comes to food, and will find what they have to do to survive. The worst thing you can do when around a bear is to surprise him. Even worse would be to get between a mother and her puppies, or even play with a puppy could make you fall in hot water.
Bears, especially mothers, are very protective of their puppies, and do not let anyone get close to them. Just stay away from the puppies, and do not take in a bear, or any animal. Keep in mind that because the bears are so territorial, if you corner them or show some kind of competitive action around them, they will attack.
If a bear finds his way to his camp, take a split second to make an informed decision about his next move. Whatever you do, do not run or make any sudden movements, as this could make the bear nervous and attack. Just to carry the above statement, move slowly and do not approach the bear.
Stay as far as you can. As small children can be seen as a prey for the bear, you must make sure they are on the ground. Find the closest and noisiest things you have in the camp and start hitting them together. If you have pots and pans nearby, they will work well. Next, move your arms over your head and do everything you can to make it look much bigger in front of the bear. When setting up your campsite, leave at least a couple of escape routes easy to follow, so you do not have to pass the bear to escape.
Finally, once you have moved away from the immediately dangerous situation, find a place against the wind to go. That way, the bear will know you’re human through your distinctive smell. If you follow all of these established guidelines, you will have a better chance of avoiding an animal attack than you normally would.
As a general note, most places contain some type of deer in the desert. For our purposes, this section will cover animals like Elk, because their patterns are similar to those of deer. If you get too close to a deer or their offspring, they will take you as a threat and prepare to charge you. If there is something that should not be done around a deer or an elk, it is to make them feel cornered in some way. Just keep the distance as well as possible.
The most likely way a deer attacks is by direct charging directly against you. To combat the load, face the animal, raise your arms and make it look as big as you can. This will show the deer that he is serious and, hopefully, make him go away. If that does not work, find the nearest tree and climb it. And if you get trapped on the ground, curl up in a ball and protect your head and vital organs at all costs.
The deer should go after a few turns towards you. Although deer or elk may not seem dangerous, their antlers are and can pierce through the skin. Keeping up with your game and avoiding possible problem areas will help you stay safe during your trip.
Coyote / Wolf
Last but not least on our list for encounters with more frequent animals is a wolf or a coyote. Because both lead similar lives, they can be avoided in a similar way. The attacks on humans of these animals are more frequent than you think. Wolves and coyotes alike haunt their potential prey, and are extremely quick on the trigger. Most of these animals run in packages, so if one of them attacks you, chances are you have some more ready to tear you apart.
As with most other animals that could attack, do not run. In any case, that will only make the wolf or the coyote even more aggressive and ready to attack. There is no way to escape from any of these animals, so there is no point in even trying.
Once you concentrate on your potential attacker (s), make loud noises to defend yourself or frighten them. Once you realize that the attackers have surrounded you, they are ready to attack. All you have to do now is start attacking yourself. If there is one thing that will ensure its early demise, it is falling. When you fall to the ground, there will be a few herd animals biting you. In conclusion, keep calm, do not move quickly and, if you surround yourself, start fighting for your life.
When animals attack, it is essential to understand how to avoid them at any cost. It is always better to move slowly and plan, than to run, and think about things later. For an animal, they see running as a signal that they should attack, and although they are not the natural predators of humans, they are animals and will fight if they feel threatened in any way. It is impossible to emphasize the importance of knowing your surroundings and making an intelligent decision about where to camp or walk.
Even if you do all the planning in the world, sometimes it just is not enough. Animals will be animals, and therefore you must be ready to escape or counterattack when they are near. The animals are so unpredictable that they do not even know what they are going to do. All they are following are their instincts, and the moment a situation does not feel good is when they hit.
Keeping your friends and family safe in a life-threatening situation does not have to scare you, if you know what precautions to take and what to do in case of an attack, then it should be fine. If you are in a group of adventurers, then you should feel even more sure of the group’s ability to combat any potential threat.