How To Stay Safe Around Wild Animals

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Photo by Sias van Schalkwyk

Many people are killed every year by wild animals. This article will give you some pointers to better protect yourself.

Keep Your Distance

Don't get too close to wild animals. By keeping your distance you allow yourself more time and room to maneuver should you be chased and/or attacked. Be extra careful if baby animals are involved as their mom and dad can be very protective and territorial. Stay aware of the proximity of the animal. Don't become complacent or you may look up to see the animal just a few feet away from you.

Do not underestimate the strength or speed of wild animals. A crocodile or large snake can be motionless for hours and then strike quicker than the eye can blink.

Resist Magical Thinking

This one gets so many people killed. Some people who are regularly around wild animals can begin to buy into magical thinking. People can get into kind of a new age way of thinking; they may think the animal is their spiritual brother, their sister from a past life, etc. Just keep in mind that these are wild animals and that they can be quite large, fast, and/or strong.  Wild animals get hungry and you may look and or smell delicious.

I'm an Expert or I have a PH.D. blah, blah, blah

You may be an expert or have a Ph. D. but it only takes one time to get hurt or killed. I think of Steve Erwin, the alligator guy from Australia that I liked so much. He was killed by a stingray. There were some people a few years ago in Alaska. They bought into the magical thinking thing with grizzly bears. When they never returned others went looking for them. Only their bones were found; they had been killed and eaten by grizzly bears.

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So, be careful, use common sense and, take heed of what I have written above. If you do you will greatly enhance your chances of survival when around wild animals.

Have you ever personally known someone who was injured or killed by a wild animal?

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Missing Link 4 years ago from Oregon Author

Hi cassondar,

I can tell you are being a smart aleck and that is ok. Nevertheless, failure to do the things referenced above per wild animals get many, many people killed every single year. Try not to do the things advised above and see what happens... Go hang out with a large wild animal believing they are your spiritual counterpart from Pleiades and see what happens.


cassondra 4 years ago

wow.i did not think of that.......thanks for reminding me to NOT do do that...Dang.Real life IS harsh..............


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Missing Link 6 years ago from Oregon Author

Thanks Springboard,

Yes that was dangerous. Most time deer will run away but you never know. They can easily outrun people of course. They can kick, gore with horns, ram and butt with head, etc.

In accidents deer sometimes come through windshields and maim/and or kill people as they try to escape, as they are dying, etc.

Glad your Mom didn't get hurt!!

Thanks for your comment!


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

The magical thinking part struck me as I remember one time in Williamsburg, VA, I had my mother and my sister in for a visit as I was stationed on the USS Enterprise in Norfolk at the time. We were driving through one of the historical parks and there were deer everywhere. One, a fairly large buck had stationed himself just behind a gate closing off a side trail to traffic. We stopped to gaze at it because it was a remarkably beautful creature, and he WAS standing picture perfect, though I did not have my camera that day—why, who knows?

In any event, I remember my mom being very excited and saying, just as she was exiting the car, "I'm going to try to pet it."

PET IT? A friggin' buck?

Of course, my sister and I screamed bloody murder for her to get back in the car at once, and watched in horror as she inched closer to the buck, until he, well...pardon the pun, bucked off into the woods behind the trail.

BUT, she thought the deer was cute. She thought that somehow he would know she just wanted to pet him. I don't think deer know ANYTHING in quite such particular detail.

I really thought that day was the last day I'd ever see my mother, and remember remarking to my sister at one point, "You know if she's got her will made out?" My sister shook her head and quipped, "Let's hope we don't have to find out."

Thanks for the reminder. :)

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