Wild Animal Warning

Spring is here!
That’s right. It’s that time of year again when nature begins to awake from the winter long hibernation. The flowers are blooming, snow is melting, and birds are chirping. Every bit of nature is coming back out. Which of course, also includes the bears and other wild animals.

We just want to warn the public to please be careful and aware when walking outside of the village during the spring and summer months, as every year we have a lot of animals roaming the area.

For the most part, the animals are harmless and don’t interfere with the daily life of the residents of Gitsegukla, but you should still remain cautious, especially if walking alone and/or in remote locations.

 

If you plan on venturing out into the wilderness, here are a few tips to remember, especially if you plan on leaving the main roads:

  • Tell someone where you’re going. – It’s always good practice to let at least one person know if you are planning on going to a non-public area. If you or someone you’re with gets lost or injured, it’ll drastically increase your chances of getting help as soon as possible.
  • Take someone with you. – Travelling with another person is a great idea! If you have another person with you, you can enjoy the peace of mind that you’re not alone out there if something happens.
  • Drink plenty of water. – Weather in this area tends to fluctuate quite a bit. So always bring some source of water with you to avoid dehydration.
  • Know the area, and your limitations. – Be wary about travelling in an area you are not familiar with. It only takes one wrong turn to become lost, and if you just so happen to be on one of the local mountain ranges, that could be a turn you’d come to regret. It’s also vital to know your limitations. If you’re a fair distance from civilization, trying to climb a cliff side without equipment could be a very dangerous decision.

All in all, be careful and use your best judgment. You can never be too careful. And if you would like to read up a bit about what to do in the events that you do run into a wild animal, below are a few links covering those topics. Take note, that not all animals behave the same. A grizzly bear will react to humans much differently than a black bear.

 

Information On Wild Animal Encounters:

Bear Encounters

Wolf Encounters

Moose Encounters

Yes, moose can attack. They’re not exactly the friendliest of creatures up close. 😉