Protecting yourself from wild animals

One of the dangers you will face while in the woods or any other terrain is the threat from wild animals. Depending on the country, climate and landscape, a number of animals might potentially cause you harm such as snakes, bears, wolves, sharks, wild cats etc.

Most of the times, wild animals will not attack without reason. Many will be more afraid of you, than you of them. They will defend themselves and even more their young ones. Some, however, will see you as pray in case they have not found alternative sources of food. Just like humans, they have the need to survive through the means of food, no matter the outcome. It is a battle of the strongest and fittest and wisest will survive.

In nearly all land terrains, snakes are biggest threats. Reptiles usually hide in unsuspicious areas such as under stones/rocks, high grass, dark places, on branches of trees, roofs etc. To prevent getting bitten, avoid all these areas. Walk slowly and with caution. Search the surroundings carefully before you decide to set camp. Be cautious when inserting your hand in a hole, between rocks, or inside of a hollow log.

In case you are bitten by a snake or any other reptile, wash the wound instantly with water and soap if available. This will help remove some of the venom that will go through your blood stream. If you are in an isolated area with no chance of asking for help, remain still and avoid unnecessary movement.
Fast breathing or walking will increase circulation. Therefore, the spread of venom will be quicker in your body. Keep the bitten area lower than the heart, and lightly tie a strapping 2-4 inches above the bite. This will reduce the speed of venom from spreading into your body. We advise not to tie the bandage very tight as you might cut off blood flow. Moreover, do not try to suck out the venom with your mouth. The mucous membranes of the mouth are very porous and can help accelerate the spread.

Other wild animals such as bears, wolves, wild cats will also attack if provoked. Avoid making noise as you walk so you don’t surprise them. Furthermore, cook at least 100 yards from your shelter. If you do face wild animals, don’t scream, run, or make eye contact. Those are all behaviors wild animals can perceive as threats.

If you are attacked, lay on the ground, protect your neck and head, and pretend you are dead. Most animals will leave you alone once they’re sure you’re no longer a danger to them.
Building a fire close to your camp as well as using fire sticks as torches will also help you protect against them. Most animals are afraid of the heat and glittering light of fires. Fire will be your major weapon against wild animal threat.

Our survival kits come with a variety of weapons that can help you survive this battle such as bows and arrows, slingshots, knives etc.