Tip of the week
How to survive a wild animal encounter
Stay calm. Fear is natural when you cross paths with a predator in the wild on a weekend or vacation adventure, but showing it puts you in more danger. If you happen upon a rattlesnake, back away slowly, avoiding eye contact. If a shark is the problem, never splash; just slip out of the water quietly.
Don’t run. It’s worse than futile to try running away from a bear, mountain lion, or coyote. They’re faster than you are, and running can trigger their predatory instincts. An exception: alligators, which are relatively slow on land.
Try to look big. The best way to deter a bear, mountain lion, or coyote is to look imposing. Stand tall and open your coat or raise your arms or even your bags over your head. Loud noises usually scare these animals, so shout. Never lie down and play dead: “If the animal is hungry and views you as docile prey, you’ll be dinner.”
Source: The New York Times