You are taking a quiet walk through the countryside or the mountains and suddenly in the distance you see what an animal could be. Moments later you recognize that it is not a loving pet but rather a wild species that just does not look at you with very good eyes for having disturbed the peace of his refuge. Would you know what to do in these cases? Would it be enough to turn around and run as far as our legs allow us to leave that wild boar or that bear behind?
We explain some risks that you can find in the middle of nature and how to get out of that situation after the initial scare.
What to do in these cases?
It would be weird if you came across one of them because there are hardly any left in our mountains, but that does not mean that you cannot find the one that may be the most dangerous animal that lives in the mountains of our country. Something that can happen in some areas of Cantabria or Asturias.
If that is the case, the first thing you should do is keep calm (yes, that is very simple). The most common thing is that it moves away without major consequences, but for your part you must also leave that place without turning your back, without making a lot of noise, in a quiet way, without making too sudden movements, much less running. Also avoid yelling to scare him away and don’t block his way either. Don’t make the mistake of trying to pet them, they are not teddy bears, and much less give him a couple of pieces of food. You won’t even have to start with if you’re hungry.
If the bear attacked you, something that is highly unlikely to happen, lie in a fetal position or face down like you’re dead and don’t move an inch until the bear is gone. .
They seem harmless animals, and even friendly. But far from it, because if they feel threatened for any reason and their young are nearby may attack. Therefore, remain still and after a few moments, the animal will disappear from there. Do not forget at all times that your goal is to protect your family, that’s why stay away from this and do not get in the way of their little offspring.
The problem can also occur if you come across this wounded animal since he may be in such a state of nervousness that he tries to attack you. Take shelter in a safe place and notify the forest agents to take care of that animal.
Discard this idea, a wolf will not attack people and in most of them they themselves will see us before we are even aware of their presence. However, if it happens that you find yourself facing home with a wolf (something very rare that happens), don’t make eye contact and get away little by little from that area where there will surely be more wolves.
Just if it comes close to you, stand your ground and show a wingspan that shows you are bigger than the wolf. If even with those he backs down and shows himself dangerous you can take a stick to try to defend yourself of a possible, but unlikely, attack.
Foxes won’t do anything to us either, except if we try touch their head or bring our hands to their mouth. We run the risk of being bitten and infecting us with rabies if they have it. In that case, try by all means to go to a doctor as soon as possible so that you can get a vaccination and can soothe the pain and the wound with painkillers and antibiotics.
What if you come across an injured or sick animal?
It may also be the case, as explained by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development of the Junta de Andalucía (@MedioAmbAND), that you meet that injured or sick animal. Then, You must notify the forestry agents or recovery centers for threatened species as soon as possible. to take care of that animal.
If it is an animal that is not very dangerous, you can take it yourself to a public facility where they can take care of it. Of course, also in this case follow these recommendations preventive:
- Use an old blanket to pick it up and carry it in your car and be careful when picking it up, don’t do it by mouth or by the claw area. If you stand behind his back and put a cloth or jacket over his head it will be easier for you to take it and that Do not be nervous.
- If it’s a bird, you can put it in a box with holes to breathe during that transfer.
- Do not give the animal at all times no water or food.
- Do not forget to stay calm and avoid unnecessary noise or that there are many people around you that can alter your state.