Dealing with Potentially Dangerous Fauna and Flora on the Trails

This page will offer all those who wish to hike on the Misty Trails, a short guide on how to avoid, prevent and deal with potentially dangerous fauna or flora that they might stumble upon when hiking on the trail.

All hikers and campers all around the world know that safety on the trail is one of the most important aspects that one needs to consider when venturing out on new, unknown trails, or even familiar ones.

hiking-physicalEven when hiking in apparently harmless areas, there can always be some potential danger lurking out there, be it in the form of some dangerous animal or even worse, toxic plants. Becoming fully accustomed to the specific fauna and flora that inhabits a particular trail is a good starting point in the scheme of getting prepared for unwanted events or hazards.

Ranging from the classic bear or wolf attacks in the warm/cold season and ending with the intoxication that can occur if ingesting inedible plants or mushrooms, there are numerous ways in which a hiker or even mountaineer can find himself or herself into a dangerous situation when out on the Misty Trails.

Carrying a guide on animals and plants that are characteristic to the area that one wishes to visit is another great way to further become more acquainted with the potential dangers that are specific to a particular trail. Studying the most common animal species, their behavior, feeding habits as well as their habitat will significantly improve hikers’ awareness and allow them to avoid unwanted incidents much easily.

The same as with the fauna, when tackling the potentially dangerous flora, hikers will likely find knowledgeable information in small handbooks that present the species’ habitat, characteristics, toxicity, potential effects on humans, as well as some advice on how to act once a particular toxic plant or mushroom has been touched or ingested.