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How to Protect Yourself from Dangerous Animals

FILE – This July 6, 2011 file photo shows a grizzly bear roaming near Beaver Lake in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart, File)

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By Brooke Meenachan SYRACUSE (NCC NEWS) – You never know when an animal could attack  you.

The chances are pretty slim.

However, if you find yourself in harms way, it’s important to know what to do in a dangerous situation.

Vice President for Conservation Policy for National Wildlife Federation, Jim Lyon, says wild animals are more likely afraid of you than you are of them.

“Most wildlife, unless they are predators, don’t want anything to do with humans. Usually, as soon as they see you, they take off,” he said.

But what happens if that don’t?

Do you run, fight or play dead?

Lyon says your best option is to be as loud as possible.

“Make noise. You shouldn’t do anything to provoke them in anyway, but making noise, they usually will go away,” he said.

Lyon also says if there is a dangerous animal in your area and you see it, you should let someone know as soon as possible.

“You should call either your country or state wildlife agency. They have professionals who handle human encounters,” Lyon said.

The local wildlife agency for New York can be found here.