Dangers in the Wilderness

A Reality Check on Wilderness Dangers

 

Info on How to Avoid a Mountain Lion Attack is Below! *

 

Drowning: Major danger

Sliding & Falls: Biggest danger in the wilderness!

Rockfalls, Avalanches, Landslides: Rare danger

Lightening Strikes: Rare danger

Freezing, Cold Winds: Major cause of problems

Sun & Heat: Major cause of problems and distress

Wildfire: Extremely rare

Wildlife: Very rare

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With all we hear about the dangers of wild animals, it is hard to imagine that interactions are rare.  What if you meet a (card-carrying) member of the wildlife community?

Tips for Staying Alive

Deer

You might be amused to see ‘deer’ included in dangerous wildlife.  However, they can be extremely dangerous.

See my previous story: “Amazing Info of 2008: Published by (Gasp) Others!”  Read about Randy Goodman (bottom half of the article), who learned  about “UN-dead” deer the hard way!

You Should…

Be cautious around a deer that is down.  Make sure he is really dead.  After making various other tests … the gold standard is:  If you can touch a deer’s eye, he’s dead.

Things That May Cause Deer to Attack

  • Being startled
  • Rutting

How You Can Stay Safe

  • If you’re not hunting, make noise while moving
  • During rutting,  stay out-of-the-way and near cover

If a Deer is Coming AT You

  • Stop because he will run away if he can
  • If you’re attacked, run and find some cover
  • Hitting, kicking and yelling is a  (poor 3rd) and least-helpful choice

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Mountain Lion

You Should…

  • Avoid areas where mountain lions are known to live
  • Be careful around areas with steep, wooded land
  • Watch yourself in bushy, rocky land

Things That May Cause Mountain Lion to Attack

  • If their young are nearby
  • If the cat is wounded
  • If the cat is hungry
  • If you are running away like his usual prey would

How You Can Stay Safe

  • Don’t approach a lion kill (unless you want to be dessert)
  • Don’t approach ANY mountain lion
  • Don’t decide to break in your new jogging shoes in lion country!

If a Mountain Lion is Coming AT You

  • Stop
  • Do NOT make eye contact with lion
  • Make yourself look “big” and yell loudly (Your TARZAN yell might work). Be sure to beat your chest!
  • If attacked, this is no time to fight back …
  • Instead, curl up to protect your vital organs
  • Yell, hit and kick … only as (a poor and) a last choice!

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Next week: We will take on bears, snakes and other wildlife!

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This blog is a companion to my website: GreatGhilliesAndGraphics.com

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