Do you know how to survive a wild animal attack?
Have you ever been attacked by a wild animal? If you haven’t, it’s good that you’ve found this guide now so you can prepare before disaster strikes.
If you have, perhaps we’re too late to get this post in front of you. If you haven’t, then this post is a must-read so you know what to do if you ever have an encounter with one of these deadly animals.
Updated Aug 18th: We updated the guide with better videos. We also updated the links in the descriptions to better resources for surviving a potential encounter with that animal.
In this guide, we’re going to cover how to prepare and survive any wild animal attack.
This is the Ultimate Wilderness Survival Guide. It lists the most common animals that you could potentially encounter in the wilderness. If you’re a hunter, camper, backpacker, or any sort of outdoorsman like most of us are, this will be something you’ll want to bookmark and save for future reference.
Anyone that ever steps foot outside of their home knows that wild animals are out there and they can and sometimes do attack people.
Now if you’re a hunter like most of us preppers are, we know a little more about wild animals… When you’re going to be shooting a razor-sharp object at a 1200lb brown bear at 40 yards away, you better know everything about every possible scenario to prepare for the worst.
Let’s start with one of my favorite beasts, the bear.
Table of Contents
How To Survive A Bear Attack
We hope you would never have to use this guide, but here it is. This is the King Kong of wild animals that you never want to face in the wild, even if you are fully prepared with bear spray and 20 years of outdoor experience.
See the ultimate bear survival guide on how to survive a bear encounter. It covers how to prepare for all types of bears including black bears, polar bears, grizzly, and brown bears.
How To Survive A Dog Attack
Dog attacks are fairly common. I grew up in a neighborhood where just about everyone had a dog for their family pet. And there was the occasional urban dog encounter you could say.
Dogs can run escape the home and wreak havoc on any animals that are outside. Wild dog attacks are rarer of course, but still, happen.
How about a dog pack attack?
Less common, but it’s happened.
Go here for a full guide on how to handle a dog encounter, whether it’s urban, wild, or a pack.
How To Survive A Wolf Attack
What to do if you see a wolf?
This guide is a good resource for how to survive a wolf attack.
How To Survive An Ostrich Attack
Being attacked by a big bird with no wings might seem unlikely and even comical. I assure you, there’s little funny about it when you’re cruising down the road on a road bike and a giant bird is running after you with ease at 35 MPH.
If an ostrich attacks you. do this.
How To Survive a Cassowary
Meet the world’s deadliest bird, the Cassowary.
Here’s what you need to know. They have a dagger on their feet in the middle toe that they use to inflict fatal lacerations to those who threaten them. They have killed people and have injured countless others.
Go to the rest of the Cassowary Survival Guide on how to survive a Cassowary attack.
How To Survive A Mountain Lion Attack
Mountains lions don’t regularly attack people, but if you do encounter one in the wild, you’ll want to know how to survive.
Go here to get 14 interesting facts about mountain lions so you’ll be more prepared when you see one.
This video below will give you the basics on how to survive a mountain lion attack.
How To Survive A Cheetah Attack
It might seem like there is nothing you could do when you’re being chased down by the world’s fastest land animal.
Something you may not know about their impressive speed is, they only maintain their top level of speed for a couple of seconds. Still, there normal running speed would make Usain Bolt seem like a slow-poke.
Cheetah’s reach top speeds of 75 MPH, which is mind-boggling to comprehend.
The fact is, a human being could never possibly outrun a Cheetah.
So running away from a Cheetah encounter in the wild is out of the question.
Just remember, never turn your back on a Cheetah.
How To Survive An Alligator Attack
As big as they are, they are hard to prepare for since they have superior stealth capabilities in the water. Being a fly-fisherman makes you more prone to these attacks.
This video shows you how to survive an alligator attack.
How To Survive A Crocodile Attack
Have you ever been faced with an alligator? As unlikely as it may seem, you’ll be glad you prepared if you find yourself nose to nose with one.
How To Survive A Shark Attack
One of the most terrifying and fearful attacks from swimmers, surfers, and everyone at the beach, is the thought of being attacked by a shark.
Do these things to survive a shark attack.
How To Survive A Venomous Snake Attack
Do you know what to do if you spot a snake in the wilderness? Or if you get bitten. Snake bites are common and preparing beforehand is important.
Did you know that you can eat venomous snakes for dinner?
These animals produce more fear of being bitten than most other animals. There are a few kinds of snakes that you just don’t ever want to even be near, forget being bitten by them. Like the black mamba for example.
Knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what to do.
Mayo clinic has a good guide on what to do if you’re bitten by a snake.
Watch this video on how to treat a snake bite.
How To Survive A Non-Venomous Snake Attack
When you think of someone getting bit by a snake, you think of a poisonous snake. You think about how they better get to the hospital right away for anti-venom.
But what about non-poisonous snakes that bite you?
There are some snakes that can still do serious damage to you without a drop of poison, like the anaconda.
This video by Tech Insider shows you how to survive a snake bite.
How To Survive A Monkey Attack
Watch this Gorilla survival guide by National Geographic.
How To Survive A Spider Bite
Do you know how to survive a spider bite?
You’re a grown man, you can take a bite from a tiny spider, right? Yes we can, however, there are a few spiders that are equipped with fangs that can kill us if we’re not careful. Some of them are common in the U.S. as well.
Not to mention the spiders you could encounter out in the wilderness which is what this whole guide is about.
So it’s worth preparing for.
How To Survive A Wild Boar Attack
Wild boars don’t pose that much of a threat to us because they don’t automatically become aggressive towards us if they see us.
However, don’t underestimate them because of their seemingly funny look their faces have. A wild hog can absolutely kill a full-grown American male.
But if they don’t feel threatened, we’re in no harms way.
How To Survive A Moose Attack
One of the best animals to hunt, the Moose. These animals are massive. The typical moose is around a whopping 2,000 lbs.
Here’s how you handle a deer or moose attack.
How To Survive A Kangaroo Attack
Have you ever watched Kangaroos fight each other? It’s terrifying.
Imagine being kicked in the gut like that.
You could always try to box the kangaroo like this guy did…
How To Survive A Bison Attack
What to do if you encounter a buffalo.
The bison is the largest animal roaming North America. In other words, the bison is a big badass brute that I wouldn’t want to stumble upon during a hunting trip.
They weigh anywhere from 1,000 lbs to all the way up to 2,000 lbs.
How To Survive A Vulture Attack
How do you fight something that can fly? Not to mention… it’s a vulture. These are creatures of darkness and destruction.
Luckily, we made a complete vulture survival guide on how to survive a vulture attack.
Your best shot would be to grab one of its wings and try to get behind it so you can attack it without also being mauled by its front flaws.
How To Survive A Hyena Attack
These dogs are excellent hunters that work in packs, just like other dogs.
Knowing what to do if a pack starts to close in on you in the wild would be smart.
See our full step by step Hyena Survival Guide on how to survive a Hyena attack.
How To Survive An Owl Attack
For information on what makes the owl so deadly, watch this.
How To Survive A Fox Attack
Do you know what to do if a fox approaches you?
These majestic creatures look like little fury angels, but make no mistake, they can be deadly.
This guide gives you all the details.
How To Survive A Horse Attack
People wonder, will a horse attack a human?
Of course, you have heard of people being kicked by horses, that’s more than enough for me to know it would be a good idea to know how to avoid being kicked by a horse.
Horses are herd animals and herd animals can definitely become aggressive towards you. Are wild horses dangerous to you as well? Yes, if they feel threatened.
You can go here for more information on wild horse behavior.
How To Survive A Lion Attack
The lion, king of the jungle.
This video shows you how to fight a lion. Not saying it’s recommended though…
How To Survive A Tiger Attack
One of the biggest cats in the land, the tiger.
Watch this video showing you why you should NOT turn your back and run from a tiger.
How To Survive A Raccoon Attack
Although they’re small and friendly looking animals, raccoons can be quite vicious.
This video explains what to do if you encounter a raccoon.
Golden Rule For Avoiding Wild Animal Encounters
There is one important rule to know and keep in mind when it comes to animal attacks.
Don’t threaten them and most wild animals, most of the time will leave you alone to fight another day.
Insane Animal Attack Stories
There is no shortage of stories of people being attacked by these animals. Most of which could either be avoided altogether, or could significantly reduce the damage caused by these animals when you’re equipped with the right knowledge and gear to defend yourseves
As I’m sure you can imagine, there are some incredibly insane stories of surviving animal attacks.
Watch these 10 mindblowing stories of survival.
Knowing how to deal with a wildlife encounter doesn’t seem all that important until it happens to you.
But keep this general rule in mind when it comes to dealing with wild animal encounters. Don’t threaten them, or at least try not to intentionally threaten them. And it’s likely you’ll be fine and will live to fight another day.
Lastly, this video shows you six ways to survive a wild animal attack.
We hope this wild animal survival guide helped you know how to survive a wild animal attack and prepare for a potential encounter. You might also like our complete disaster preparedness guide on how to survive a natural disaster.
Be safe, be prepared.
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