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Photo Credit Robert Driemel
Photo Credit Eagle Wing Tours/Clint Rivers
If you encounter a bear
Stay calm- If the bear sees you, talk in a low, calm voice and then regardless if it has seen you or not:
Back up slowly– Never turn your back on a bear or run. Running could trigger an attack.
Do not stare– The bear will see a direct stare as a challenge.
Give it space—Make sure it has a way to get away, and that you are not blocking access to a bear’s cubs or its food.
If you meet a cougar
Never approach a cougar- Although cougars will normally avoid a confrontation, all cougars are unpredictable. Cougars feeding on a kill may be dangerous.
Always give a cougar an avenue of escape.
Stay calm- Talk to the cougar in a confident voice.
Pick all children up off the ground immediately. Children frighten easily and their rapid movements may provoke an attack.
Do not run- Try to back away from the cougar slowly. Sudden movement or flight may trigger an instinctive attack.
Do not turn your back on the cougar- Face the cougar and remain upright.
Do all you can to enlarge your image- Don’t crouch down or try to hide. Pick up sticks or branches and wave them about.
Avoiding Encounters with Wolves
Do not bury garbage- If you pack it in – pack it out!
Always keep children nearby and in sight.
Keep pets leashed and under control- If possible, keep pets at home.
Do not approach wolves ever- This practice gets wolves use to humans and their scents which results in human habituation.
If in nature, you are a guest in this environment. This is home to the animals that live here.