Encountering Wildlife Safely

Encountering wildlife is a potentially exciting part of everyday life. Whether you live in the city or country, there are always animals large and small. If you enjoy hiking and other outdoor activities, perhaps you hope to see wildlife on your next adventure. If you are an urban dweller, perhaps the baby raccoons that invaded your attic are the last thing you want to see. However, animal control in Los Angeles is the easiest way to cope with such problems.

man on a hike in the woods

Many animals can invade your home: snakes, mice, squirrels, raccoons and other strays that will take up residence in the nooks and crannies. In these cases — especially due to the risks of these animals either carrying diseases or being hostile — professional help is a must. Safe removal of the animals will prevent harm to either party.

However, not all wildlife encounters are unwanted. Adventurers travel thousands of miles on vacation in the hope of seeing beautiful animals during a hike or a camping adventure. However, there are certain precautions that still must be taken in order to stay safe. Those who are both wary and knowledgeable will be able to enjoy the experience safely.

Staying away from overhanging rocks may help keep you and snakes a safe distance apart. Shuffling your feet while walking through long grass is also a good way to warn snakes of your approach. For larger animals, sticking together as a group — with no stragglers and no one splitting up — and making noise in order to warn animals of your approach is the safest way.

However, confrontations or encounters with wild animals can sometimes be unavoidable. Even the most harmless looking animals — deer, for instance — can be hostile if they have babies. Slowly backing away, in a group, while making oneself look large (particularly if the animal is a hostile predator), is the safest route. Running away, physically confronting the animal, or other choices are never good options. However, sometimes being nonconfrontational doesn’t work.

In these cases, professional help is always the best solution. Calling an animal capture and removal service is the safest route, which will result in a happy ending for both you and the animal.