North america is home to a diverse ecological system which sustains an estimated 450 mammals. Included among these are the black bear, the grizzly bear, bison, lynx, moose, caribou, white tail deer, orca, puffins, scorpions, bald eagles, and many others.
In this section we’ll be discussing how to stay safe in the bush while around wild animals. We will also link you to some articles that cover wild animal profiles in great detail. These are fantastic resources which you can learn from to improve on your hunting and tracking skills.
Learning About Wild Animals is Crucial to Staying Safe
When you travel to an area with a high frequency of animal encounters it’s always best to know in advance what kind of animals you may run into. Even experienced outdoorsman aren’t immune from life threatening animals encounters, so plan ahead.
By learning about the behavioral traits of wild animals in your area you can avoid potential attacks before they become a real threat.
Some important questions to ask:
- Do you know what kinds of wild animals you may encounter?
- Do you know the characteristics of the dangerous predators?
- Do you know what to do in the case of an encounter?
- Do you know what kind of protection works best?
- Do you know avoidance strategies and what to do in the case of an attack?
A very important part of improving your wilderness survival skills is building up your knowledge and planning in advance. An attack from a wild animal can end quickly and brutally. If you’re unprepared your chances of escaping a bad situation unscathed drop way down.
Identify Wild Animals and Understand Their Traits and Characteristics
Learn the characteristics of the animals in your area and you’ll increase your level of confidence and reduce the chances of any dangerous encounters with wild animals. Preparedness is key!
Many novice outdoorsman are unaware that moose are extremely dangerous animals, especially while in a rut. This lack of knowledge can be deadly. Any time you head out into the woods where you may encounter wild animals it’s important you do some research.
Statistics show that moose are responsible for far more attacks in Canada than bears. Everyone expects bears to be ultra-aggressive predators but often they will be passive and avoid you completely.