Safety Tips for Unexpected Wildlife Encounters
By Intermountain Healthcare
May 21, 2019
Updated Jul 13, 2023
5 min read
When you go hiking or mountain biking you expect to see great views. You probably even expect to meet other hikers or bikers. But you may not expect to meet a deer, bear, moose, or snake. These kinds of wild animal encounters can range from awe-inspiring to scary, and knowing ahead of time what to do can take some of the fear out of seeing animals on the trail.
Remember, it’s far more likely you’ll have a safe experience when you see an animal and not an unsafe one. Here’s what you need to know about wildlife encounters in the great outdoors.
Squirrels might look cute. You might want to pet them. Maybe you just want to slip some nuts to the chipmunk that’s eyeing you during your rest stop. Although animals in the great outdoors look adorable, they’re still wild.
In the majority of cases, wild animal encounters are a non-issue. While you’re on the trail, it’s fun to see animals. But you should always use common sense and know what to do if an animal encounter goes wrong.