Top 6 North American Predators to Avoid in the Wild

Category Camping, Hiking

Distinguishing between pure destruction and furry cuteness is sometimes is not such an easy task, especially if you are stranded in the wild. In fact, some of animals that look cute happen to be the world’s most prolific killers in the wild. A hunting expedition or a camping vacation gone awry can render you susceptible to an attack by some of North America’s most dangerous and feared predators.

While bumping into a massive predator can be one of the life’s most petrifying encounters, devising prudent tricks to survive can mean a great difference between life and death. Ideally, your survival in the wild entirely depends on how you can avoid the following top 6 North American predators.

Grizzly Bear

It is quite interesting to mention that the real version of the “teddy bear” is not as cute and cuddly as some people would imagine. The Grizzly Bear is one of the more dangerous predators roaming some of North America’s most scenic areas, actually, it’s the only monster of the wild that knows its niche and makes everyone aware of its presence.

Contrary to the idea that you should startle or surprise this predator upon encounter, never try it as it might take it as a challenge. Don’t run if the bear decides to charge you, stand your ground because often a times it may be a bluff, play dead if the bear starts attacking you. Also, if you are camping, try as much as possible to keep your campsite clean and hang your food up in the trees, out of the bear’s reach.

Grizzly Bear
Grizzly Bear

Mountain Lion (Cougar)

This is certainly one of the mighty creatures roaming the mountains of North America. As much as you can always find one in a majority of national parks, what would you do to survive if you bumped into one in the wild? Stand tall, shout loudly and throw rocks at one if you feel threatened. Also, it is highly recommended that you shouldn’t corner, flee or confront a mountain lion because this might stimulate its instinct to chase and attack you.

Mountain Lion (Cougar)
Mountain Lion (Cougar)

American Alligator

Usually, an American Alligator doesn’t view human beings as prey but it may be prompted to attack if it feels threatened. The best defense mechanism against such a creature would be to keep a good distance but if an alligator latches to you and begins the death roll, then you’re pretty much out of luck. Jab its eyes as hard as you can since it’s the alligator’s most sensitive spot. Also, avoid swimming in rivers and bogs where alligators are suspected to be.

American Alligator
American Alligator

Coral Snake

Ophidiophobia, or the abnormal fear of snakes, is something that the majority of people suffer from, usually for no good reason. For instance, if you are ophidiophobic, then you wouldn’t stand an encounter with a coral snake if you’re stranded in the wild. Unlike other snakes, a coral snake doesn’t have to be rattled for it to bite. While keeping in mind the fact that most snakes can extend their venomous bite up to two-thirds their length, surviving an attack by one is very important. Should you come across one, steer clear or, if you have no choice, try to hold it tight by its neck to prevent it from biting you.

Coral Snake
Coral Snake

Gray Wolf

This North American predator is approximately the size of a German Shepherd dog and it’s one of the most despised and feared yet also most respected creatures. Unlike the vast majority of wolves that are usually social creatures, gray wolves aren’t anything close to sociable. In fact, when it attacks you, it has to make sure that you are dead. The best way to avoid such a dangerous predator if you are lost in the wild is to keeping a considerable distance because it has an incredible sense of smell. Also, a gray wolf is one of the fastest animals and it will try to catch you before it reaches its top speed.

Gray Wolf
Gray Wolf

Wolverine

Also known as carcajou or skunk bear, the wolverine is one of the largest land-dwelling species of the weasel family. It resembles a small bear, hence you might be fooled into thinking it’s a cute harmless little fellow. It can kill prey larger than itself because of its enormous strength combined with aggression and persistence. To avoid getting killed by this predator, keep a good distance from it as much as you can.

Wolverine
Wolverine

The majority of these mighty North American predators only attack when they are provoked. It is interesting to know that some tend to avoid humans like the plague but are only fearsome to the animals they naturally prey on. However, if you are out there in the wild, these predators can be formidable and fierce and hence no fun to run into.

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