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Wildlife Encounters – What to Do and How to Survive

If you’re an avid hiker or camper, you’re most favorite destinations would be the wild and the dodgy terrain that bring adrenaline spikes. But these adventure hotspots are home to some of the wildest and most ferocious animals such as grizzlies, crocodiles, snakes and the like. Repeatedly, outdoorsmen are warned about staying safe in the wild. It’s never wise to disturb or provoke wild animals, especially when you’re an intruder into their territory.

When in the wild, keep inside the predetermined trails and campsites. Do not stray to forbidden domains. Avoid unwanted wildlife encounters, which often end up damaging to both humans and animals.

Stick to the group and avoid going on solo trips. When entering an unfamiliar territory, hire experienced guides because they know the relatively safe areas and the most scenic, too.

Keep your camp safe and clean. Wash all cooking and eating utensils thoroughly to avoid attracting animals. Store leftovers and garbage in airtight, bear-proof containers and suspend them in the trees away from sleeping areas.

Keep food away from sleeping areas and tents. Do not bring food inside the tent. Change the clothes you wore during cooking and store them away from sleeping areas.

Do not feed wild animals, not even the small, harmless ones because a feeding frenzy can attract bigger predators into your location. Also feeding wild animals disrupts their diet and lifestyle.

When encountering a wild animal, know the various ways to discourage attack. For example, when you encounter a bear, stand your ground, turn your back and hold your arms up to make yourself appear bigger, and then make some loud noises.

Always bring with you some defensive tools such as sprays, knife and firearms but use them only when in dire straits. Killing or injuring an animal should be the last thing you do for survival.

Apart from animal encounters, remote places present other dangers like wildfire, falling trees, unstable slopes, rolling rocks, extreme weather, altitude sickness, lightning and floods, as well as contaminated or scarcity of water and food. Make sure you are well prepared for your trip, mentally and physically. After all, a sound mind is a person’s finest tool for survival.