Wild Animal Attacks
What Sort Of Animals Will Pose A
Naturally, when we think of animals that can be responsible for attacks on
human beings, we think of the carnivores. Bears, wolves, cougars,
bobcats, lynx, crocodiles, and alligators are all capable of attacking
humans. In fact, since the early 1990s, almost 2,000 people have been
killed in the United States by wild animals. This comes down to about 177
fatalities per annum. Although attacks by dogs often make the headlines,
wild animal attacks are much more deadly and numerous.
though, that herbivores can be dangerous and deadly as well. Male deer,
when in rut, are aggressive and might attack people who come too close.
Moose have been known to kill people, as well, especially a cow moose with a
calf. Also make sure to have a first aid kit for pets as wild animals will not be picky on their prey.
Why So Many Attacks?
There are several reasons why attacks by wild animals have become more
prevalent in recent years, and one of them is that there are simply more of
them. Fewer people hunt now than previously, and protective legislation
has outlawed killing quite a few predators. Besides there being simply
more predators, these animals have lost their fear of man as a result of not
Another reason for increased attacks is that people are in closer proximity
than they formerly were. Hiking and camping will often expose humans to
wild animals, and the fact that most people will be carrying food with them
will increase the possibility of an attack. Also, as suburban areas have
spread, people have moved into the animals’ ‘territory’. Make sure to always have an emergency food supply available through any emergency,
How To Avoid An Attack
Anyone who uses the outdoors for any reason is at risk of being attacked, but a
few precautions can lessen that risk. Bears in particular, will attack
when they are startled. Letting a bear know that you are coming will
allow the animal to leave before you get close. Sing, clap your hands, or
talk loudly to signal your approach. This will usually help to frighten
away deer, as well.
If you are camping out, do not keep any food in the tent with you. Bears,
in particular, have an excellent sense of smell and will not hesitate to move
into your tent to get your goodies.
As a precautionary measure, even if you are armed, it is a good idea to carry
bear spray with you. This is usually a pepper spray or mace and will
deter nearly any bear.
What To Do If You Are Attacked
Basically, the worst thing you can do if you are attacked by a wild animal is
to run. You will trigger a chase response, even in a deer or moose.
Stand your ground, try to look bigger by spreading your clothing, and make as
much noise vocally as you can. Roar at the animal; you want to convince
it that you are as tough as it is.
If you are actually attacked, tuck yourself into a ball and protect the back of
your neck with your hands. Some people have survived a cougar attack by
thrusting their hand and arm down the animal’s throat to suffocate it.