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Pet Safety with Wild Animals

Warmer weather means more people are going to enjoy the sun with their pets, but it also comes with the influx of wild animals that are going to be around too. It may be cool to see a bear or deer in the wild, but it also comes with its own set of concerns. The wild belongs to the animals that reside there so we as pet owners need to remain vigilante on how we can protect ourselves, our pets and the animal’s territory we may be in.

 

How can I be more mindful with my pets while being in nature?

When it comes to ensuring the safety of your pets while outdoors and encountering wild animals like bears, coyotes, or different wild animals, it’s crucial to take several precautions. Here are some guidelines to help protect your pets:

  1. Keep your pets leashed: Always keep your pets on a leash while hiking or walking in areas where there might be wildlife. This will help you maintain control over your pets and prevent them from wandering off or approaching potentially dangerous animals.
  2. Stay aware of your surroundings: Be observant of the environment around you. Look for signs of wildlife activity, such as tracks, droppings, or noises. Keep an eye out for any potential predators and be prepared to act accordingly.
  3. Make noise: While hiking or walking, make enough noise to alert any nearby wildlife of your presence. This can help prevent surprise encounters and give animals like bears or coyotes an opportunity to move away.
  4. Avoid peak wildlife activity times: Certain times of the day, such as dusk and dawn, are when wildlife is most active. Try to plan your outdoor activities accordingly and avoid these peak times to reduce the chances of encountering predators.
  5. Carry deterrent tools: Depending on your location and the potential threats, consider carrying deterrent tools such as bear spray, noise-making devices, or an air horn. These can help deter aggressive animals and create a safe distance between you and them.
  6. Do not leave pet food orr pet bowls unattended: When picnicking or camping, make sure to properly store and dispose of food and trash. Leaving food unattended can attract wildlife, potentially putting your pets at risk. Additionally, avoid leaving pet bowls outside and pet waste as they can also attract animals.
  7. Train your pets and teach them commands: It’s essential to train your pets to respond to commands such as “come” or “stay.” This training can be vital in keeping them safe if they are off leash during encounters with wildlife. Ensure your pets are familiar with these commands and obedient when called.
  8. Stay calm and composed: If you encounter a wild animal, it’s important to remain calm and composed. Avoid running or making sudden movements that may provoke the animal. Instead, slowly back away while keeping your pets close to you.
  9. Report aggressive or unusual animal behavior: If you observe aggressive or unusual behavior from wildlife, such as a predatory animal acting aggressively towards you or your pets, report it to local authorities or animal control. They can provide guidance and take appropriate action if necessary.

 

Remember, each geographical area may have specific recommendations or guidelines for encounters with local wildlife. It’s advisable to research and familiarize yourself with the wildlife and safety protocols in your region. The safety of both you and your pet are top priority. Be prepared and vigilant when spending time outdoors with your furry friend.

spca.bc.ca/pets-and-wildlife and parks.canada.ca/wildlife have some more tips on how to stay safe when in nature, or while you encounter a wild animal.

 

Feel free to contact us via email info@pawt4paws.com or phone 1-888-898-9080 for any needs you might have pertaining to the above, or regarding our products and how they might ease the stress created from your pet’s experience.