Should a hiker unintentionally surprise a coyote or other animal, Gadbois has simple, potentially life-saving advice: Never act like prey."The worst thing you can do is start running away," he said. "Wave your arms, shout, just show that you mean business basically and most animals will think twice."

Just wanted to share the above quote since I thought that would be a piece of useful advice for anyone who runs into a chance encounter with any wild predatory animal. while it does not make sense to outrun an animal, it seems correct to not look like its prey.

In any case, backpackers should also take not to wear any perfumes or carry meat items in their backpack just in case they draw unwanted attention to themselves.

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