Encountering Wild Animals in the Borderland
POSTED: Friday, January 4, 2013 - 2:10pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 4, 2013 - 9:35pm
El Paso, TX — It's definitely cold and as some people find refuge inside their homes, so do animals. But as animals search high and low for a place to escape to from the snow, they may cross your path. Here are some tips from experts on what to do if you come face-to-face with a beast.
Steve Marshall, the Director of the El Paso Zoo advises:
- Never feed or throw food
- Do not turn your back on them
- Never provoke or approach a wild animal
- Never try to pet a wild animal, yell and make a lot of noise while slowly moving towards other people
If the animal moves towards you, Marshall says it most likely has rabies and your best bet is to leave them alone.
"Wildlife poses really little danger to people. They'll go ahead and move out of the way," Marshall tells us.