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Safety Tips for Wild Animal Encounters
Staying safe where the wild things are
Statistically speaking, you are 300 times more likely to be killed hitting a deer on the highway than to die in the clutches of a mountain lion. Even if you stumble upon a wild cat, chances are it won't be seeking human prey, despite what the writers of 24 thought when they penned the much-mocked "Kim and the Cougar" episode.
While bears can pose a real and immediate threat, most wildlife encounters involve non-aggressive elk, deer, moose, sheep, goats and wolves. But don't make the mistake of thinking these animals are like the ones at your local petting zoo. Treat any encounter with a wild animal like coming face to face with James Bond on a bad day - they're armed and dangerous and have a license to kill.
To prevent close encounters of the wild kind,
If a Wild Animal Becomes Interested in You
If a wild animal notices you, back away, making sure you face them. They'll probably lose interest as you retreat. Even if they ignore you, don't resume the path. Instead, change your route to avoid them.
If a Wild Animal Approaches
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