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Surviving a Wild Animal Attackfrom: Maxx Adventure Travel
Camping is usually a a great and pleasurable adventure and a wonderful time spent enjoying the great outdoors. However, being away from civilization often raises the risk of danger. One of the most dangerous and feared incidents that can happen during a camping trip is a wild animal attack.
Wild animals don't generally seek out and attack humans. However, when people intrude on an animal's territories, anything can happe and the animals just might not appreciate the intrusion and get aggressive.
Here are a few essential tips if a wild animal attack happens to you:
If you're ever confronted by black bear, stand on ground and avoid running as this will just make the bear assume that you're prey. Best to move quietly and slowly away while keeping eye-to-eye contact with the bear. It helps if you have any Bear Pepper Spray on hand to use should the bear advance.
Get rid of any food lying around, especially fresh fish. If the bear continues to attack, keep your knapsack on to help protect your body from a possible attack. Never get between a cub and a mother bear. If you don't have pepper spray or the one you should fail, just drop to the ground, protect your neck with your hands and play dead.
Grizzly Bears are usually more aggressive than black bears, so you need to be even more caution if confronted by one. If a grizzly should attack, stay alert, don't run and/or make loud noises. If you have bear pepper spray use it as the bear approaches. If you have none or can't get it to work, drop to the ground and play dead.
Grizzly bears usually just smell and nibble a little at their catch and cover it with leaves and dirt to save it for later. The bear will most likely do this to you as well, so play dead and wait for the bear to leave. It takes a lot of nerve not to cry out or run in this situation, but if you want to survive, this is what you must do cause it's unlikely you'll be able to outrun a grizzly bear.
Mountain lions are quite different than bears so when confronted by one, it's better to fight back rather than play dead when they attack. Try to kick, punch and gouge the mountain lion's eyes to scare it away and make it think you're a strong contender rather than prey. Throw wood, rocks and whatever objects you have that can cause harm, but be careful when stooping down to pick objects up.
A wild animal attack is likely to be very dangerous, but they won't often come near you if you don't call attention to yourself. Of course, its always best to avoid a confrontation when it comes to wild animals, but if it should happen, use your head and don't panic.
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