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“How to Handle Predator Attacks”

In most cases, animals are more scared of us than we are of them. So what do you do when they are not? There are several predators in the US that will stand their ground against humans. Each one acts differently towards humans, so having some knowledge is key to surviving a situations like this.

My uncle owns about 400 acres in Southern Missouri, and we do most of our hunting on his property. Over the last few years he has spotted a big cat on his property. There are also black bears and huge numbers of coyotes in the area. In most cases I do not worry about the risk, but when I am walking to my deer stand in the dark I sometimes think about that cat jumping on my back from above.

In this article I will cover some general rules for all predators along with specific advice for different animals. Hopefully it will help if you ever find yourself in this situation.

General Rules to Avoid Predators

  • Avoid Food Smells – Most predators are attracted to food smells. To avoid this attractant, you must be proactive. This means cleaning your kill away from your camp, preferably over 100 yards away and near water. It means cleaning all of your dishes thoroughly. It means hanging all food storage from a tree at least 10 feet in the air and 100 yards from your camp. These actions will greatly help.

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