Azalea Grove Getaway

Know Our Critters


Butterfly Photo in Just the Facts at Azalea Grove GetawayWe share our beautiful space with birds, bees, insects, fox, skunk, deer, elk, turkey, and other wonderful wild critters. As you relax into the natural setting here, you’ll find signs of their presence. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a glimpse of their beauty and playfulness as they walk though their days.

Because of the abundance of these smaller living things, we also share our sanctuary with predators such as black bear, cougar and sometimes wolf. If you actually see one of them, consider yourself lucky! However, this requires your special attention. 

For instance, when you take your walks, avoid dusk and dawn when these predatory creatures are most active, and make noise so they won’t be surprised.

Also, don’t litter their home and attract them with any unattended food or trash. Generally, solitary bear will leave when you make your presence known. Cougar are a bit different. Here are a few safety precautions to take if you meet black bear or cougar.

Cougar Photo in Just the Facts at Azalea Grove GetawayBlack Bear, Cougar and Wolf Safety

Children, pets and predators 

Before going out for a walk, teach your kids what to do if they encounter one of these magnificent creatures. Attacks are rare. However, they may view your children as prey due to their small size, high-pitched voices, and quick movements. Don’t leave your children unsupervised and make sure they are inside before dusk and stay indoors until after dawn.

A dog is an early warning system as they see, smell and hear predators sooner than we do. However, be aware that off-leash dogs can attract them back to you.

What to do if you encounter a black bear, cougar or wolf

While walking in the woods, make noise to avoid surprise encounters. Be aware that loud water or high winds may prevent your voice from carrying far. It’s best to walk with others, and always keep pets on a leash. In the unlikely event you encounter bear or cougar cubs (usually well-hidden by their mother), do not attempt to handle or approach them. Predator mothers will attack to protect their young. If you see pups or cubs, calmly back away and leave the area immediately. Attacks are rare but can be fatal, especially if young children are involved. Always report any aggressive behavior and/or sightings to us.

Turkeys Photo in Just the Facts at Azalea Grove Getaway

Keep calm and NEVER run

  • If you notice a bear or cougar watching you — reinforce the fact that you are not an easy target. Maintain eye contact and speak to it in a loud, firm voice, such as “Hey, cougar/bear, you’re good. I’m not your dinner!” Make yourself look as large as possible and back away slowly. Do not turn your back or flee. Sudden movements and scared responses may provoke an attack. Keep the animal in view and allow it a clear exit. If you have bear spray or mace, get ready to use it. Without losing eye contact with the bear or cougar, pick up your children and small pets immediately. Calmly back out of the area and seek shelter.
  • If a cougar or bear shows aggression or begins to follow you — keep eye contact, yell and make deep, loud, firm noises, while continuing to back away. Never play dead. Without crouching down, arm yourself with nearby sticks, rocks, or anything to use as a weapon.
  • If the animal charges — fight back, focusing on its facial and eye area. Never play dead. If you have bear spray or mace, use it now. Continue to yell in a firm voice – do not scream. Use rocks, sticks or anything as a weapon. You are convincing the predator that you’re a threat — not prey. Groups should stay together to fend off an attack. 

Above all — DO NOT RUN.

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