Survive animal attacks

You may be at risk for animal attack if you frequently spend time in nature.Depending on the animal you are dealing with, the strategy you should take to defend yourself will vary.There isn’t a single, standard way to defend yourself against attacking animals and survive the encounter, but you can choose the best strategy based on the animal that’s confronting you.

Step 1: If you are attacked by a crocodile, run in a straight line.

Pick a direction and run as fast as you can if a crocodile charges out of a swamp or lake.Most adults should be able to outrun a crocodile because they can only run about 18 miles per hour.It will lose interest in catching you if it is built for long-distance chases.If the crocodile or alligator catches you in its jaws, kick it hard in the eyes.Running in a zig-zag pattern to escape from a crocodile is a common misconception.It won’t hurt your chances of surviving an attack, but it’s not necessary.

Step 2: Intimidate an attacking dog by shouting loudly.

Stand your ground if you see 1 or 2 dogs aggression towards you.Make yourself appear large by shouting and throwing rocks at the dogs.If protection is less than 20 feet away, you may need to run for your life.Try to get on top of a boulder since dogs can’t climb.Fight them off with your hands or a stick.Wild dogs hunt in packs and can easily outrun and corner you if you try to run from them.Wild dogs don’t show an interest in attacking humans.They will leave you alone if you leave them alone.

Step 3: Shout at attacking wolves.

If 1 or more wolves are showing aggressive behavior, make yourself appear large by holding your hands or backpack above your head.Throw stones in the direction of the wolves.If you run away from the animals, they will chase and catch you.Fight back with a heavy rock or knife if wolves attack.Eye contact with wolves will be seen as aggression and dominance.The wolves are more likely to attack if you look directly at them.

Step 4: “Haze” is an attacking coyote who makes himself large and loud.

If you see a coyote that is showing signs of aggression, hold up your hands and shout.The coyote should be deterred by this.Throw a few stones or large sticks in the animal’s direction if it continues to act aggressively.If the coyote tries to bite you, hit it with a stone or stick.coyotes are not like wolves or wild dogs.They are not likely to attack in groups.

Step 5: Stand your ground and shout.

Elephants are deadly animals.Do not run away if you see a charging elephant.Stand your ground and shout at the animal.The animal will make mock charges and then leave.If the elephant isn’t charging but making a real charge, run from the animal in a zig-zag pattern and find a large object to hide behind.Say something like, “Stop that!” or “Get out of here!” at the elephant.

Step 6: As you walk, make noise.

To scare off bears, wear a bell or noisemaker.You can avoid the situation by talking or singing.It’s a good idea to say something like “Hey, bear!” every 5 minutes.Making noise in the woods will allow bears to flee and avoid you and your party.Unless they feel cornered or surprised, bears won’t attack.

Step 7: Move away from the bears.

If you see a bear in the woods, the mother bear is nearby.Mother bears will attack to protect their young.Continue talking, singing, or otherwise making noise as you move off so the mother bear knows that you are leaving her children alone.If you’re worried about the cubs being abandoned or hungry, never approach them.Inform the park ranger if you’re concerned for the cubs, and they’ll give you the location.

Step 8: If a bear approaches, make yourself look large.

A bear won’t try to attack you or take you for food if it thinks you’re 2 or 3 times your actual size.Hold your jacket out as wide as you can.Try to hold your backpack above your head.

Step 9: Don’t run away from an angry bear.

If you turn your back on the animal, the bear will see you as a prey.Bears can run faster than you.The bear will most likely charge if you run.If you attempt to climb a tree the bear will chase you, so stay on the ground.You can defend yourself with bear spray.If you see a bear standing on its hind legs, don’t assume it’s hostile.The bear is curious.Only run from a bear if you can make it to a building or other place that is less than 20 feet away.

Step 10: There is a spray bear spray.

A strong type of pepper spray called bear spray can temporarily blind bears and block their sense of smell.If you see a bear charging at you, spray it with bear spray.Aim for the eyes, nose, and mouth.Purchase bear spray online.If a bear attacks and you don’t have bear spray, you can use a ball and interlace your fingers over the back of your neck.Wait for the attack to end and play dead.

Step 11: When hiking in puma territory, wear a bell or noisemaker.

Large cats will only attack when they are startled or cornered.They will steer clear of you and your party if they can hear you.Wear a cowbell or other noisemaking device to scare off mountain lions.To alert lions to your presence, talk loudly to the other members of your group.

Step 12: If you are confronted by a large cat, stand your ground.

Mountain lions don’t want prey to fight back.You seem tough and unafraid when you stand your ground.It is important that you do not run away from a mountain lion or other large cat.This will cause the animal to charge immediately.Don’t try climbing a tree to escape.Large cats can climb much faster than you can.

Step 13: Open your coat and shout at the lion.

If a big cat makes eye contact, yell and hold out extra clothing to make yourself as big as possible.If you are in a group, get close to others, wave your arms around quickly, hop up and down, and use anything you have to make noise and movement.Lift your hiking companion onto your shoulders and tell them to wave their arms around.

Step 14: The lion can be scared off by throwing rocks and tree branches.

If yelling and shouting doesn’t cause the big cat to leave, then take a more aggressive approach.Throw rocks, branches, sticks, clumps of dirt, and anything else you can get your hands on to deter it from attacking.If these items land close to the lion, they should scare it off.If you are hiking with bear spray or pepper spray, spray it towards the lion’s nose and eyes to scare it off.

Step 15: If the cat attacks, fight back with objects.

Fight back with your hands, rocks, shovels, pocket knife, or any other equipment you have at hand.Hit the big cat in its mouth, eyes, or nose.Mountain lions will try to kill you if you don’t protect your neck.To protect your neck and throat, crunch your shoulders up around your ears, and cross both arms behind your head.The lion won’t have easy access to your neck if you have a backpack on.

Step 16: When you’re in snake territory, wear protective clothing.

If you’re hiking in the American southwest, you should wear long pants, hiking boots, long sleeves, and gloves.If you are bitten by a snake, you should wear long pants and hiking boots.

Step 17: If it’s in a striking position, back up.

The snake could strike at you at any moment if it coiled and reared its head up.Don’t run and turn your back on the snake.You should back away from the snake at a normal walking pace until you’re at least 20 feet away.It is less urgent to back away from a snake that is extended full-length.The snake needs to coil its body before hitting you.

Step 18: If the snake moves towards you, use a walking stick.

When hiking in snake country, always take a walking stick or trekking pole.If the snake slithers or strikes in your direction, use your walking stick to fend it off.If you can get the end of the stick under the snake’s coil, throw it away from you and your group.The stick should be at least 4 feet long.

Step 19: Administer first aid.

Keep the bitten limb lower than the individual’s heart to prevent venom from being spread.Get to the nearest hospital as quickly as possible by wrapping a compression bandage around the bitten limb.If you are with someone who has been bitten, try to suck the venom from the wound.Don’t use a pocket knife to open the wound in order to drain the venom.The person who has been bitten will be harmed by these strategies.

Step 20: If a snake loops around you, Wrap an arm around your ribs.

As a precautionary measure, hold your non-dominant arm against your rib cage.The snake may not try to suck you in if you relax.The snake may be curious.The snake was forced to squeeze.Don’t panic, remain still.It is possible to communicate with the snake that you are food.If you remain static, the snake will not be able to tell if you are food or not.The snake will not force air out of your lungs if you have an arm against your chest.

Step 21: If the snake is wrapped around you, grab it with your free hand.

It’s important that you don’t let the snake wrap itself around your hands.Place your hand against your chest.Pull the snake backwards by grabbing it around its head or neck with your other hand.Remove the tight layers of the snake’s coiled body.If you are with a group of people, ask them to help you with the snake’s body.

Step 22: Don’t float on the surface.

If you are in an area frequented by sharks, try not to float on the water.You will look like a fish in your profile.There are likely hungry sharks in the area if fishing boats are nearby.If you want to stay in the water, keep your head up and your legs up.If you stop swimming, you will look less like a seal to a shark below.It’s a good idea to keep vertical by treading water.sharks don’t know what you are if you’re vertical in the waterThey’ll be less likely to think that you’re eating.

Step 23: If you see a shark, swim slowly to shore.

Don’t panic, as this will draw the shark in towards you.Keep your head above water by swimming slowly towards the shore.You will make it back to shallow water if you have any luck.A lot of splashing attracts sharks.

Step 24: If you feel the brush against you, stay still.

sharks often investigate unknown objects by swimming away if the object is not interesting or a food source.It is not a sign of aggression if the shark bumps against you.It is more likely to be a sign of curiosity.Since they don’t have hands, sharks must use their faces and bodies to investigate.

Step 25: Wave and shout for help.

You can still get help if you use your mouth and arms.So, wave your hands, shout, and generally draw the attention of people on shore, where help is likely to come from.If you are surrounded by a swarm of sharks, signaling for help is the best way to alert others to your situation.Say things like “Help!” or “shark attack!”

Step 26: Fight again.

Fight and scratch at the shark’s eyes and gills to defend yourself.These are the shark’s most sensitive areas and a few well-placed blows or sharp scratched against the eyes and gill may drive the sharks away.Keep your hands out of the shark’s mouth if it bites you.Once the shark learns that you are not an easy meal, it will let go.