Introduction:Although Maine wildlife is perfectly safe when observed from a distance and isn't likely to "hunt you down" on a hike, some animals can be dangerous when confronted.
The Maine Black Bear is the mascot for Maine's largest university campus--University of Maine, Orono. He may look cute and cuddly, but black bears are nothing to play around with. When confronted Maine Black Bear are ferocious animals that can inflict damage and even cause death. Enjoy them from the distance, but keep clear of Black Bear, particularly when they have cubs.
Moose are beautiful creatures in their own right and are often seen rooting in ponds and streams. Snap a photo to capture images for your vacation scrap book--but never approach a moose. These massive creatures are known to "charge" and can inflict considerable damage.
Raccoons may evoke smiles with their masquerade masks, but always remember they are wild creatures. Razor-sharp teeth make the raccoon a dangerous opponent. Stay clear of raccoons and resist the urge to get up close and personal.
The Eastern coyote inhabits the woodlands of Maine and typically travels in packs. Although they aren't known to "hunt" humans, getting too close can be a dangerous act of stupidity. Show coyotes the respect they deserve by watching at a distance instead.
Fisher's are know as ferocious fighters that can quickly tear a small mammal to pieces. Although fishers do not typically attack humans without provocation, they will attack if they are cornered or feel threatened. Generally seen at dawn or dusk, fishers prefer the deep forest.
So, enjoy your visit to Maine and take plenty of pictures to show the folks back home--but resist the urge to get up-close and personal with wildlife.
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