Summary: Camping in the wild means some possible threats from different sources. You need to be aware of those and learn how to combat them.
If you are planning a hiking or camping trip in the woods, then you should have some knowledge on the possible threats in those regions and how to combat them. Whether you are on a mountain, on a horse, or on a river trip, you need to take certain precautions. There are different types of threats, most of which come in the form of four legged animals. These may appear in different shapes, sizes and strengths. You need to select a region for building your campsite, where there is a lot of space. You need to carry some necessary arms and ammunition for self defense.
Causes behind the possible threats while you are on a wilderness trip
You need to be prepared for some common possible threats while on the outside, the causes for which are as follows:
- Not making enough noise while going on a biking or hiking trip
- Surprising or approaching an animal, especially a bear at a close range
- Startling a female animal (bear) which is with her cubs
- Going off trail during evening or night hours
- Remaining close to some food source of the predator
A region, where there is presence of bears, other predators like snakes, cougars, moose, bison, elk or deer are also present. All these animals (irrespective of being carnivorous or herbivorous) are dangerous. You need to maintain a safe distance from the wildlife. Some common tips you need to follow while in the woods are as follows:
- Always tell someone about the possible hiking area. In case, you fail to return on time, that person may raise an alert.
- If your kids are with you, never let them go out of sight.
- You need to make sufficient noise by clapping your hands or singing loudly to let the animal know about your presence. These predators tend to roam around waterfalls or streams. So, you need to shout more while you are approaching these things or passing some thick bushes.
- You need to keep an eye for any trails of predators like diggings, droppings, rocks upturned or rolled over, tracks, scratch marks on logs or trees, and so on. You can scan ahead with the binoculars.
- Do not hike alone at night or even during the day. The wildlife becomes more active at dawn, night and dusk. So, it is not safe for a solo hiker to hike during these times.