Here are some tips for being safe around wild animals. Try to keep a low profile. Elk and deer tend to run when they are threatened, so if you see one on the ground, back away slowly and try to communicate calmly to make them think you are less of a threat. Likewise, if you are unable to get away quickly from a wild animal, try to stay quiet and let them escape. Alternatively, try to make yourself appear bigger by extending your arms and legs in the air. By making yourself appear larger and more intimidating, you will make them run away.
Experts recommend staying at least 75 feet away from a wild animal when viewing it. If you’re unable to keep a distance of this distance, you should use a zoom camera or binoculars to observe the animal from a closer angle. Try not to get closer than this unless you’re ready for a close encounter. Moreover, never feed the animal. Even if it’s tempting to buy some food, never touch it.
Don’t try to approach or feed wild animals unless you’re sure that they’re docile and do not pose a threat to human life. Remember that animals want to stay away from humans and are prone to bite. Even though it’s OK to feed birds, wild animals may carry diseases and will be dangerous if bitten. Generally, feeding wild animals is not safe. If you must feed them, make sure that you don’t leave any leftovers.