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Vital Safety Tips for Outdoor Painters

Vital Safety Tips for Outdoor Painters

Fine Art Tips | Lori McNee

Moose:

• Moose are very territorial and dangerous animals.

• Moose are very unpredictable.

• Never get between a cow and its calf.

• Try and remain 50 feet away.

• If you see its ears back or the hair on its ‘hump’ stand up, it is angry and ready to attack.

• Never throw anything at a moose.

• Keep dogs under control. Dogs will only anger the moose.

• A moose will chase after a dog.

• If it charges you, try and get behind a tree or a big boulder.

• You can try and look big, but if is attacks get down on the ground and cover your head, stay still and play dead.

• Moose kick with their front feet and back feet.

• I’ve always heard that moose are the only wild animals you should run from!

FYI: Remember, running from any predator is futile. Bear spray only lasts about 7 seconds. Be sure and check the expiration date on the can or buy a new can each year to assure potency.

I would like to add one more thought: as a woman, I usually use the buddy system when painting out in the wilderness or in remote areas. I have to admit that I am more leery of a strange human being than a wild animal. When I paint alone or with another woman, I make sure to stay within cell phone range and carry bear spray. I also don’t dress to impress!

Some of these safety tips may seem a bit extreme for the average plein air painter, but it is better to be over prepared, than under prepared. Just like the Impressionists before me, I love to venture out into the backcountry to investigate and capture the effects of sunlight on a favorite subject. I often chose to paint in the wild Rocky Mountains where I hope I never have to use any of the above safety tips!

Safe outdoor painting travels to you!


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