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Hiking is one of our favorite pet friendly activities, and I know many of you feel the same way. Of course, communing with nature can lead to encounters with wildlife and, while thrilling, it can also be dangerous. Deterring an attack, or surviving one, requires different behavior depending on the animal you encounter. Before you head out, make yourself familiar with the wildlife that lives in the area you are hiking, and follow these tips to be prepared.
Avoid surprising animals by making noise and staying aware – especially on sections of trail with limited sight lines.
Putting bear bells on your dog’s collar will alert wildlife to your presence and give the animals time to avoid you.
Don’t wear headphones. Instead, tune into your surroundings so you can hear approaching animals.
Don’t jog on the trails known for animal encounters – it stimulates a predator’s instinct to chase and attack.
Be sure someone knows where you’re going and when you plan to be back.
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