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It is hard to give general thoughts about what to do or not to do on this page because different animals can react differently to the same stimuli. Even animals of the same species can behave differently depending on thier mood, health, or thier place in any social order that may be present. An animal may react to a smile by becoming docile, while another may view the display of teeth, and the squinting eyes as a snarl. Eye contact could be viewed as being confident and not having fear, or as a challenge. All I can say here is to see what the wildlife experts in your area recommend, and follow thier advice.

Animals that are sick or injured, are unpredictable so be VERY cautious if you come across one!!!

Snakes and animals of all sorts make thier homes in and around abandoned buildings. Pay attention to any odors, animal tracks, pathways, droppings and anything else that seems out of the ordinary. That 'cute' little racoon can become a demon if it is defending its young or feels threatened. Most animals would rather flee than fight, so if you do see a snake or an animal, give it room.

As country singer Tracy Byrd says in his song, "When Momma ain't happy, ain't no body happy". Momma is NOT going to be happy if she sees someone messing around with her baby. So stay away from that baby animal 'cause Momma is not far away.

As sad as it is, there are people that leave cats and dogs on back roads or near abondoned buildings. These animals demand special attention because they do not fear humans, and may have been abused in the past.

If confronted by an animal, do NOT run!!! Predatory (hunting, meat eating) animals will often chase a fleeing person.

Living where I do, the chances of encountering a poisonous snake or spider is remote. I do not feel qualified to give many thoughts other than to treat a snake or spider bite as you would any other wound, keep the wound higher than your heart, use something to constrict or slow down the blood flow to the area (if possible) and seek medical attention AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!