Camping is fun, but dangerous as well. If you don’t take safety measures, you can end up in a wild animals’ claws and will be mauled to death. Wild animal attacks are frequent when camping, but to make sure you are safe from them, take precautions. We have created a list of 10 tips that can help you survive a wild animal attack.
Take survival kits with yourself:
Survival kits are a must if you are going camping. Although you would definitely take precautions when going to camp in the wild, the risk of wild animal attacks is always high. So to avoid such mishaps, make sure you carry your survival kits with you. Besides that, carrying a gun or a tranquilizer gun can come handy. Shooting the wild animal or hunting them down is not the purpose, but in case if you are ever attacked, you can use it to scare them off or tranquilize while you run for your life.
Keep your camp clean:
Wherever you set up your camp, make sure it has no wild animals in the near surroundings. Even then, if not near, they can be anywhere in the wilderness. So avoiding them coming near your camp area, make sure you always keep your camp clean. Wild animals have a sharp sense of smell; they can smell from miles. So if they feel anything different, they will come for it. Avoid any wild animal attack on you by keeping your surroundings clean.
Don’t throw garbage:
Never forget to get rid of your garbage far away from your camp area. Like said earlier, animals have a sharp sense of smell. They will come for the smell of garbage and obviously in search of food. An accident can take place, so to avoid any such attack, keep your camp clean and throw your garbage away from your camp, so it doesn’t drive animals to it. Do not let any such thing near your camp area that can cause a smell and drive animals your way.
Clean your utensils after cooking:
If you are staying for nights in the wild, that means you will cook yourself. And since cooking in the wilderness can drive animals to the smell of freshly cooked food. Make sure you avoid any wild animal attacks. Pro-tip is to always keep your utensils clean after eating, so the smell of food does not drive animals your way. Do not leave any leftovers outside or anywhere near your camp area, as it can stimulate the wild animals your way. And since these are wild animals, do not expect them to be tamed, they will attack if they feel a threat. So be careful!
Don’t leave any food outside or in the tent:
As mentioned in the above point. Leave no food item or leftovers outside of your tent or inside of your tent. Smells of food can diffuse in the surroundings and cause hungry wild animals to come your way to your tent. If you cook in the wilderness, clean your surroundings, wash your utensils, and in case you have any leftovers remaining, take them somewhere far away from your camp area, so the wild animals do not come looking for food in your place.
Make sure your tent does not smell like food:
The smell of food can be sensed miles away by wild animals. We cannot stress enough on how sharp the sense of smell is in wild animals. They can smell from miles away and come looking for food. So if you plan on staying in your camp, make sure you do not have any food items left in your camp area. If you do, take them far away from your camp area. Then make sure your tent does not smell like food. Carry a deodorant or a repellent that can diffuse in the surroundings of your camp area fading, the smell of food. Food drives animals, and since these are wild animals we are talking about, it’s dangerous to lure them in. You need to make sure you or your surroundings do not smell like food.
Do not run away from the animal if it approaches you:
If in case a wild animal approaches you, say a bear, the most common wild animal attacks are by bears in the wild. Do not run away. As they are dangerous and twice as big as you, they can knock you down with a single claw and maul you. It endangers wild animals. They feel threatened by humans, so they are in defense mode when they come across them. We think they are gonna kill us, while they feel threatened for their life, and the fact is they can easily kill us if we try to approach them in this mode. So if you ever see an animal approach you, they may just sniff you if it is not hungry. Do not make the mistake of running while they are near you.
Do not feed the wild:
Another pro-tip for campers out there. Never feed the wild animals as you can drive them to come after you. It does not tame these or pet animals; they kill and feed on it. There are prey and predators, and we come as prey by entering their cycle of the food chain. They will maul you and eat you if you smell like food. So do not feed the wildlife if you plan on camping out in the wild. You will drive more animals for your camp.
Use a tranquilizer:
Just in case, wild animal attacks you, make sure you have a tranquilizer gun. Don’t just go about killing the animal. Because let’s be honest, these animals belong in the wild. It is their habitat. If you breach their habitat, you should not be allowed to kill them in their home if they come at you. So it is best to have a tranquilizer gun; it only tranquilizes the animal and not kill them. You can run away from the place until the animal is numb. It is better to carry a tranquilizer gun, so you don’t harm any wildlife just because you breached their territory.
Make loud noises to scare it off:
Another way to save yourself if you don’t have any survival weapon at hand is making loud noises. Either bang the utensils loudly or if you have a gun, fire it in the air. Or any use of anything that can make noise. Noise can scare the animal off and run away from that place. Do not shoot the animal. You are not supposed to kill them. But to scare them off, shoot in the air.
This was a survival memo on wild animal attacks. Please tell us if you know more ways of survival from such attacks in the wilderness. Comment us your views.