The Animals You May Encounter in the Wild and How to Avoid Them

Everyone loves the outdoors in one way or another. We all love to see the green grass and green trees but the one thing we do not want to run across while we are enjoying nature at its finest, is a wild animal. There is nothing wrong with animals in general but there are some animals that are dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. Let’s dive deeper into that and to see a couple of those animals we should avoid and how to avoid them.

Raccoon

This animal is came upon frequently in the wild due to many hikers and campers leaving food out or accessible to the animal. Once this animal has found a food source it is very difficult to get rid of them. The natural deterrent of a Raccoon is Cayenne pepper. The easiest way to avoid this animal is to make sure all your food is put away and a locked in your vehicle. Also making sure that your campsite is picked up so no trash is accessible to the animal as well.

Snapping turtle

A turtle, I know what you are thinking why is a turtle on the list of animals to avoid and the while. That is because the snapping turtle which is common in the Midwest and East Coast United States, Is not your ordinary turtle. The snapping turtle is known for its aggression and that is because unlike other turtles the snapping turtle is too big to hide in its shell when approached by a predator. These turtles can weigh up to 300 pounds and their jaws are meant to crush mussells. The best way to avoid this animal in the wild is to stay away from their nests and do not try to chase it if you see one. Snapping turtles are very defensive and will leave you alone if left alone.

Rattlesnake

The rattle snake is one of the most famous snakes in existence. Due to the rattle that is on the end of this animal’s tail you are given a warning when you are standing close to one. Make sure you carry your survival supplies with you, as in a first aid kit, handheld radio, and flashlight these will come in handy on the trail. The best way to avoid this animal is to stay away from tall grass and if hiking make sure you stay together as a group. Children and animals can easily run across this animal and not know what to do. So keep them close and if you enjoy hiking in those types of areas often, hike during the hibernation season of the Rattlesnake, which starts when the temperature goes below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The Rattlesnake comes out of hibernation around April when the temperature starts to rise again.