You’ve learned about the first-aid treatment for venomous snake bites, and how to fight your way out of a bear attack. This time, Primitive Survivors is going to teach you how to survive a bobcat encounter.
So, bobcats. The wild has several of them and especially for the hunter who has been into different scenarios, encountering a bobcat should have already been on their list. It’s great to know how you can deal with them when you find yourself in the middle of this action.
Carnivorous mammals that are great with camouflaging especially with their nocturnal side, bobcats are rarely spotted in a human’s surroundings. They are found mostly in deserts, forests, swamps, and suburban vicinities. They are also known as wildcats and have the capability to kill preys larger than their sizes.
Seeing a bobcat
If you have spotted a bobcat, it is imperative to start becoming cautious. Maintain a distance between you and the bobcat as much as you can. Bring your children away from the area where these species are, and back away slow and sure. Do not attempt to run because like the bears, this could trigger them to run after you and they run at speedy ranges. You can also protect yourself by spraying the wildcat with water. Experts also suggest that making noises like blowing air horns and banging pans like cymbals can distract the Bobcats.
Finding them in your neighborhood
Part of bobcat survival is being able to know what to do when finding them loitering in your neighborhood. Build your fences to be at least six feet high to protect the entire property from possible attacks. While waiting for commercial exterminators or agencies to handle the species, you may do any of these as the first line of defense.
Trim excess vegetation that might provide cover, and avoid feeding birds that are attractive to these wildcats. Furthermore, avoid feeding the bobcat as well. Aside from human beings, pets are also prone to these attacks to be certain to keep your pets in secure spots or indoors, not to mention preparing a cage or covered houses for them.
Treating injuries from the attack
Once the bobcat has made it through the line of defense, it is best to know treatment options once you have been injured. Bobcat bites may bring rabies that can prove fatal for the victim.
First, wash the wounds with soap and water under faucet pressure for around five minutes, but avoiding scrubbing the affected area to avoid bruising the tissues. If you have an antiseptic lotion with you, carefully pad around the affected area.
Second, if what you acquired are deeper bites, apply pressure to the area with sanitized bandage or towel to minimize or stop the bleeding. Apply the same procedure of washing the area with soap and water under faucet pressure. Do not scrub the bruised area as well. Then, cover with clean dressing. Avoid using tape or butterfly bandages to mitigate further infection.
Call your healthcare provider for advanced treatment that includes antibiotics, rabies vaccination, a tetanus booster, and more. The doctors can also be able to tell if there are other symptoms that rose from the attack, which include headache, swollen glands, and fever. Keep in tuned here on Primitive Survivors for more of these tips on survival.