In this video, I’ll share some general principles about how to manage wildlife encounters, plus some perspectives based on my own encounters with wild animals in the backcountry.

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I include an overview of some guiding principles that you can use to help manage wildlife encounters, including avoidance, disengagement, and de-escalation. There is an infinite number of animals you can encounter in the wild, and I specifically discuss the following:

  • Grizzly & black bears
  • Moose, elk and deer
  • Mountain Lion
  • Bison
  • Bighorn Sheep
  • Wolves
  • Cattle & sheep
  • Dogs
  • Wild horses

Some other principles discussed include:

  • Surprise vs. defensive vs. predatory encounters
  • Seasonality
  • Distancing recommendations

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