Question regarding night hiking?
I am planning a night hiking(to see sunrise), will start at around 2am, and be on the top of mountain before sunrise. I prepare headlamp, long sleeve tshirt, trouser, etc, but am a little worried about safety: is there sneak, bear….. do those animals “sleep” during night times? Even though the possibility of being attacked is very low, but wanna make sure I am aware of the safety issue, and prepare sth in case.
If your going alone it is more likely that wildlife will be seen and they will see you. To a bear or mountain lion you are either a threat or a food source. To a snake a threat so watch your step. Predators prefer the night but are also opportunists, if lunch comes knocking on the door you don’t have to look so far so be prepared. Wear bright colors and a headlamp carry a secondary bright flash light. Also wear bear bells and talk or sing or play a radio. Carry grizzly bear pepper spray and know how to use it and use a walking stick to place out in front of you at each step. Watch for animal sign and tracks, bear and mountain lion droppings will have bits of bright colored clothing, bells and sticks in it and smell of pepper spray
Will a Taser/stun gun stop a bear? Will it make him let go if he’s chewing on you?
The bears and mountain lions are becoming more common in the west. I’d rather not have to go back to carrying a gun but would like to have a last ditch option when I’m just out in the woods enjoying. And that doesn’t even mention the dog packs. And I did say dog, not wolf or coyote.
You must be from the U.S.A. Because stun gun/tasers are illegal here in Canada but if your a hiker i would recommend bringing some pepper spray with you, you have to buy the kind that is meant for bears, a friend of mine tried to use pepper spray that was meant for dogs on a bear and it just made the bear madder. Most hunting shops carry bear pepper spray for reasonable prices.
Also you could get some more ideas here in the Hunting section. Http://ca.answers.yahoo.com/dir/index;_ylt=AjEalTbjpHW0UhgUoKxNPGsnX31G;_ylv=3?link=list&sid=396546413
is pepper spray legal in california?
Someone told me it might be illegal to carry because california has such strict weapon laws. I’m talking about basic self defense pepper spray, not mace. I’m moving to San Diego soon.
CA state governments and law makers understand that pepper spray can be a handy self defense product for protecting your personal safety. Not only can defense sprays give you protection against a human attacker, but most vicious dogs, bears, mountain lions and other wild animals can be temporarily disabled by a single shot of pepper spray. California is a vast state with both high-population metropolitan areas, like San Francisco and Los Angeles, and more remote outdoor locations where you may encounter a wild animal. In either case, a pepper spray device can be a necessary asset of survival and personal security.
However, the state of California does have a few rules and regulations regarding the use of pepper spray. It is absolutely legal to carry pepper spray and use it to protect your personal safety without having any special state or federal permits. CA laws do regulate the size and/or weight of the defense spray products you can carry and buy. The legal container size must be equal to or below 2.5 ounces of active product. There are many pepper spray items and models that comply with this state set standard (see list below).
The pepper spray carried, shipped, sold or used in California should also be labeled with a warning stating that the product is only intended for self-defense. In general, most state laws (California included) enforce that pepper spray should only be used in self defense situations where you fear your life or safety is in danger. Illegal use of pepper spray products (perhaps dispensing them out of anger or as non self defense violence against another person) can bring fines of $1000 and up and/or three years in prison.
Will my dogs protect me?
Dog experts; ok so me and my 3 brothers are planning to move into our uncles farm in the courty. He said that this year he saw 3 mountain lion(group( and 2 different coyotes.
My brothers and i are planning to move there in 2 years. We bought 2 gsd, 1 rotty,1 Doberman, 1american pitbull(all puppies). We are planning to take them to a dog trainer to train them when to know to attack and when not to. There is a cool hiking trail and we plan to go hiking everyday all at the same time.
Do you think these dogs(full grown) would protect us if we come in contact with wild animals?
Attack dog training is expensive, and the sooner they are trained, the better. It is usually around $10,000 fir the starting price. Sometimes even $30,000-$50,000.
Your brothers need to start attack training with the professional NOW, and so they will be ready to go in 2 years. Most attack trained dogs start training as puppies.
It honestly depends. If you’re going on a hike with 5 attack trained dogs and 4 people, I wouldn’t worry about anything to be honest. Even if 1 dog cowers down, you still have 4 other dogs trained to attack.
What you should do, though, is get all of the dogs harnesses like these;
for to reasons. I am moving to the Catskills on a 3 acre property which is mostly woods. I would not be surprised is I found trespassers, or hunters on my property. You never know if there is someone trying to hunt on your property, and you don’t want them to mistake one of the dogs (if they got a little a head of the crowd) as an animal they are trying to catch.
Since it’s a bright color, and since you’re in a big pack, that may also scare off the mountain lions or coyotes. Some of the wild animals may want to avoid you, so a bright harness would likely give them a warning that you’re there.
Would they protect you? Possibly. If you are that concerned, get a paintball gun to shoot them with which will probably be enough to scare them away if they are hit. I said paintball because they aren’t lethal, but in case one of your dogs got hit with it on accident.
Carrying a horn or noise maker and giving off warnings along the way could also scare away and wildlife that may harm you.
You could also carry pepper spray, spray the animal that tries to attack you, and have your brothers control the dogs so they won’t get in the way. Then from there, you can kill it.
If you’re that worried, you can put up an electric fence or occasionally go hunting. The farm near me had some of their stock killed by coyotes, so they put up an electric fence and sometimes even found dead coyotes on the fence.
The farm also had a llama with their livestock, and it actually scared the coyotes away pretty well.
If you’ve ever heard of a wild animal attack, please answer this question.?
If you’re hiking or biking in an area that you know has wild animals like bears and mountain lions, and if there’s even warning signs posted wouldn’t you bring some bear mace, a knife, a gun or some other kind of weapon with you??
I imagine people seek out these places, like national parks, because they like to see and be in nature. I’m saying it’s fine to be there but why wouldn’t you consider precautions for your safety?
I regularly hike in areas where there are wild animals present and I carry no weapons (except for pepper spray for human encounters) . Most of the time wild animals try to avoid people. It is rare that they attack for no reason at all. I know mountain lion and bear safety as a precaution. I have run into bears, bobcats, wild pigs, and run into coyotes on almost a daily basis, and have never had any approach me or become agressive. While working up in Alaska, we were required to carry bear mace, but I never actually had to use it.
For me..the risk of getting attacked by a wild animal is just all part of my job.
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