This article focuses on how to avoid being prey to North America’s deadliest predators; and if you are in a situation where this role has been thrust upon you, how to act accordingly. From most to least threatening are grizzly bears, black bears, cougars, alligators, and wolves. The most aggressive grizzly bear is a sow defending her litter. This is normally during the months of May and April. On the other hand it is the lone hunting male that is the most dangerous of the black bears. The best way to avoid a cougar attack would be to ensure you are not alone, and if there are children present, they remain as close and as alert as possible. The most vulnerable when it comes to alligator attacks would be the very young, and those in and around the water. Although unprovoked wolf attacks are on the rise it is highly likely that you will be able to fend them off.
This article will definitely make me more alert when in the wilderness, and enable to perceive any potential dangers regarding the specified animals. I learned how to minimize my vulnerability by avoiding solo excursions, and travelling with a small group. I also learned that remaining calm and bear repellent is an essential combination when in bear country, and that one should probably just completely avoid Yellowstone as it has been christened the Predator Epicentre of North America.
(2012). Survival: Animal Attacks. Backpacker Magazine.