How to Handle when you Encounter Wildlife

Natural landscape


Having fun outdoors is exciting. If you are planning a hiking, camping trip or just wandering around a national park, you are most likely going to encounter some wildlife. Enjoy their presence and observe them with keen eyes. Also prevent any mishaps with our tips.

 Outdoor activities

Here are some tips on how to handle wildlife when on a trip:


  • Be aware of your surroundings. This is especially important in areas where there are wild animals. Pay attention to signs that indicate the presence of wildlife, such as animal tracks, scat, or signs of feeding.

 Amidst nature with friendly animals

  • Make noise. This will help to let animals know that you are coming and give them a chance to avoid you. If you are hiking, talk to your hiking partners or sing. If you are camping, bang on pots and pans or use a bell.


  • Keep your distance from animals. Even if an animal seems docile, it is important to keep your distance. Most animals will only attack if they feel threatened.


  • Do not feed animals. Feeding animals can make them aggressive and dependent on humans for food. This can also be dangerous for the animals, as they may learn to associate humans with food and become more likely to approach them.

 A herd of elephants

  • Do not try to pet or touch animals. This is especially important for wild animals, as they may not be accustomed to human contact and may react aggressively.



If you see an injured animal, do not approach it. Instead, contact a wildlife rehabilitation centre or park ranger.


Here are some additional tips for specific types of wildlife:


  • Bears: Bears are large and powerful animals, so it is important to be very careful around them. If you see a bear, do not run away. Instead, make yourself look as big as possible and make loud noises to scare the bear away.

 A mountain behind a beautiful lake

  • Mountain lions: Mountain lions are solitary predators that are rarely seen by humans. However, if you do see a mountain lion, do not approach it. Instead, back away slowly and make yourself look as big as possible.

 Alice with a snake - non dangerous

  • Snakes: Snakes are often seen as dangerous, but most snakes are not aggressive. However, it is important to be careful around snakes, as some species can be venomous. If you see a snake, do not try to touch it. Instead, leave it alone and let it go on its way.


By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your interactions with wildlife are safe and respectful.