Wyoming RV Sales & Rentals Blog

  • Published on Aug 15, 2015

    Wyoming is the perfect state for camping. With gorgeous mountain ranges, the first national monument and the world renown Yellowstone National Park it’s no wonder millions of campers flock to Wyoming each year. When camping in Wyoming it’s extremely important to be mindful of the animals that you share the landscape with. We compiled a list of animals that you should be wary of encountering while enjoying our beautiful state. 


    Grizzly BearWyoming is home to both grizzly bears and black bears. It’s extremely important for campers to know what to do if they encounter a grizzly bear or a black bear, both animals tend to respond to encounters with humans very differently. However, both species of bear will typically avoid humans unless food or their cubs are involved. When encountering a bear be sure to maintain a safe distance of at least 100 yards. Stay calm and immediately pick up small children and stay in a group. Do not make eye contact or try to run away. Do not behave in a threatening manner to either species. Do not try to frighten it away a grizzly bear. If one is less than 100 yards try to back away slowly if possible. 

    Black BearIf a bear encounter becomes dangerous there are a few techniques you can use to defend yourself. First and foremost, whenever you are in bear country be sure to carry bear pepper spray at all times!  Properly using bear spray when defending against one reduces the number of bears killed in self defense, reduces the number of human injuries, and doesn’t cause the bear any long term damage. If a grizzly bear decides to charge, remain standing and direct your pepper spray at the charging bear. The bear may "bluff charge" or run past you. As a last resort, either curl up in a ball or lie flat on the ground, face down . If you happen to be wearing a pack leave it on for protection, cover your neck and head with your arms and hands. Do not move or attempt to look at the bear until you are sure it's gone.

    Mountain Lions

    Never catching a glimpse of a mountain lion while camping is normal for most people. It's rare to see a mountain lion in the wild let alone have a confrontation with one. However if you do happen to see a mountain lion, no matter how thrilled you are to be one of the very few who gets such an opportunity, stay back, and take the encounter seriously. Mountain lions can be extremely dangerous and encounters with them have to the potential to turn deadly. If you do happen to encounter one be sure to give them a way to escape, in general most mountain lions with avoid a confrontation with humans.
    Mountain LionsWant to know what to do if a Mountain Lion doesn’t take the opportunity to escape? First, try to make yourself appear larger. You can do this by picking up children, raising your arms and waving them slowly, and standing nearby other adults.  You need to show that you aren’t prey by throwing stones or branches, all without turning away. Make noises that will intimidate; try speaking in a slow, loud and firm voice. Unlike an encounter with bears, be sure to act like a predator when you encounter a mountain lion, maintain eye contact. Never run past or from a mountain lion. This can trigger its instinct to chase. Never bend over or crouch down. 

    If you are in a situation where a mountain lion is holding its ground because of your proximity to its kittens or its prey, back away slowly to a spot that gives the mountain lion a path to get away, never turning away from the animal. If a mountain lion attacks you, use bear pepper spray and fight back as hard as you can while protecting your neck and throat.

    Poison Ivy

    Poison IvyPoison Ivy can be found throughout Wyoming and can be best identified by the rhyme “Leaves of three, let it be”. It has yellow-white berries and can grow as a shrub or a vine.  Poison Ivy typically has green leaves in the summer, red or orange in the fall, and finally brown fallen leaves in the winter. It typically grows near rivers or lakes. Poison Ivy contains urushiol oil which causes an itchy, blistery rash when it comes in contact with skin. The oil is found in every part of the plant and can be transferred to your clothes and possessions so a rash can form even if your skin doesn’t directly touch the plant. Do not burn poison ivy, it's airborn particles can land on your skin causing a reaction. 

    How to Treat a Mild Poison Ivy Rash

    Immediately wash your skin with lukewarm soapy water. This will remove any excess oil that has yet to be absorbed into your skin, reducing the chance of the reaction spreading. Next wash your clothing and rinse anything that could have come in contact with the plant with warm soapy water. Be sure not to itch your rash, itching can cause the wound to become infected. To help with the itchiness try using hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion on the rash. You can also apply a cold compress to soothe the affected area. If the rash doesn’t improve within 7 to 10 days or if you suspect that your rash is infected seek medical attention .

    Go to the emergency room if:
    You have trouble breathing or swallowing.
    You experience swelling, especially if an eyelid swells shut.
    The rash develops anywhere on your face or genitals.
    You have many rashes or blisters.
    The rash covers most of your body.
    Much of your skin itches, or nothing seems to ease the itch.


    RattlesnakeWyoming is home to two different rattlesnakes; the prairie rattlesnake and the midget faded rattlesnakes. Rattlesnakes can be identified by the button-like ratte at the end of their tales. They are pit vipers, have thick, relatively short bodies, narrow necks with wide, triangular heads. Rattlesnakes frequent trails and typically hunt at night but can be active during the day as well. They will not bite unless provoked and will warn you of their presence by rattling their tails. They are extremely venomous and it is important to seek medical attention immediately. 

    How to Treat a Snakebite 

    Immediately get away from the snake if you or someone you are with is bitten by a snake. If the The snake may bite again if it feel threatened, so its advisable to moving a minimum of 20 feet away. Seek emergency medical attention immediately once you are safely away from the snake. Do not elevate the wounded area above the victim’s heart and try to keep it as immobile as possible. Be sure to remove any jewelry or clothing near the bite area because the area will swell. Let the area bleed for a few minutes to get rid of excess before applying a clean bandage. Do not try to suck the venom out, it introduces bacteria to the wound that could make it become infected. Finally make sure the victim moves as little as possible on their way to a hospital.


    MooseEven though animals of the deer family don’t seem very dangerous there is always the chance you can have a bad encounter with moose, elk, bison, mule deer or white-tailed deer. During mating season they can be especially dangerous. A cornered deer can easily harm someone with their hooves and antlers. Bull moose should never be approached especially during a rutting period when they are particularly aggressive. Bison are also a lot more dangerous than they seem. Bison account for more injuries to visitors in Yellowstone National Park than all the rest of the animal species that live there combined. People foolishly approach them and put themselves at risk of being trampled or gored, especially if a young calf is in the area and the bison feels threatened. 

    The best way to avoid a dangerous encounter when an ungulate is to give them space. As friendly and harmless as they seem, they are wild animals that won’t think twice about defending themselves. Be aware of your surroundings and be especially cautious during mating season. 

    Sonny’s RVs

    Want to begin a new RV adventure? Let Sonny’s RVs help! We have a variety of new and used RVs to choose from! Already have a RV? Sonny’s RV can service it! Stop by our location at 5000 E. Yellowstone Highway or give us a call at 307-237-5000 and let us show you why shopping with us can make all the difference. 


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