Archive for the ‘Wild Animals’ Category

The Common Loon

There is one sound that is associated with the outdoors like no other. That sound is the call of the Common Loon. If you have ever spent time near a lake then you know what that call is. The Loon’s call is both haunting and mysterious as it breaks the silence of a summer’s night and is a sound that will be remembered for the rest of your life.

seeing the common loon in the wild

The Common Loon is also known as the Great Northern Loon and inhabits lakes from Canada to Great Britain.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

The Art of Animal Tracking

Tracking animals is an ages old technique, so old it is possibly one of the oldest family traditions. Fathers would pass down the skill of following the tracks of animals they were hunting to their sons as a means to survive. Animal tracking is a skill every outdoors person should learn and teach to their children. For some it is a way of finding their trophy, for others it is to find out what stole a picnic basket from the campsite.

understanding animal tracks

An example of turkey and cat tracks together

Every creature leaves its own distinct foot print, and recognizing them is the first “step” in learning how to track animals. Spend as much time as you can studying the tracks left by different kinds of animals. Dogs, wolves, coyotes and fox all leave one type while a cat’s prints look different. Cats don’t usually walk with claws extended, while canines do.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Dealing with Leeches

Leeches can be found almost everywhere on Earth and all have one thing in common-they eat blood. Leeches are most common on mucky lake or pond bottoms waiting for an unsuspecting swimmer to latch onto. Leeches can also be found in tropical forests where they live in tree leaves. In these locations, simply stopping to catch your breath for a few minutes is all it takes to make them start dropping down on to you. There are however some significant differences between jungle and freshwater leeches.

how to remove leeches

Leeches can be very large. This leech lives in tree leaves and will fall on people who stop moving for more than a few minutes in tropical jungles.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Snake Bite First Aid

snake bite first aid

Snakes can pop up anywhere, so know how to treat a snake bite

There are many different types of snakes in North America. Most are harmless but the snakes that are not can really pack a punch, so before travelling in areas where venomous snakes can be found take time to familiarize yourself on how to identify the different types, where they can be found, and how snake’s appearance can change as they age. The wide variety of snakes and places they hide in makes it very difficult to plan for all circumstances so it is up to you to be prepared and know what to do if a bite or attack occurs. Read the rest of this entry »

Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Venomous Snakes of North America

Snakes can be found in every part of the world. The majority of snakes are harmless and beneficial creatures that eat insects and mice. Then there are the others-the venomous kinds.

Snakes catch prey in one of three ways, the first is to sneak up on some food and grab the unsuspecting critter in its mouth. This is how the friendly Garter snake in your garden catches bugs or frogs. Snakes don’t chew their food; they can only swallow it whole which leads us to the second type of snake, the constrictor. Read the rest of this entry »

Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Avoiding Cougar Attacks

One of North America’s most elusive yet deadly predators is the Cougar. Also know as the Mountain Lion, an encounter on the trail or backyard with one of these animals is not to be taken lightly.

avoiding cougar attacks when outdoors

Cougar encounters are most common in late spring and early summer. Cougars are capable of climbing trees to get a good view of the area

The cougar prefers to live near dense woodlands, close to places with a good view, such as mountain sides. They are common in the Rocky Mountains from the British Columbia interior down through the West of the United States and in the Northern United States through to Northern Ontario. Cougars can grow to sizes of 120lbs and can pounce on prey from distances of 30 feet. Read the rest of this entry »

Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Avoiding Bear Attacks

By Terri Wilson

There are many dangerous creatures lurking in the woods, some of these creatures are big and others so small they can hardly be seen. So, what do you do should one come face to face with you?  It depends on the animal and it is a good idea to know what to do before you meet them, rather than try and talk it over with a wild animal that has just been surprised by your presence in his or her woods.

avoiding a bear attack

Brown bear and Grizzly Bears can weigh between 400 and 900lbs. They are about 4’ tall on all fours and over 7’ tall when standing on their hind legs

Bears are one of the most common dangerous creatures in the woods, they are large, fast, and have sharp teeth and sharp claws.  Some types of bears found in North America include the Black Bear, Grizzly Bear, Brown Bear and Polar Bear. Bears can be found almost anywhere in the wild and they all possess a strong protective instinct over their young.  One of the most dangerous situations you can find yourself in is surprising a mother bear while she is looking after her cubs.  There is very little she won’t do to protect them, and a human isn’t much of an obstacle. A bear that has become “cornered” is very dangerous as well and will attack without warning. Read the rest of this entry »

Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson