Part of being safe on the trail is making some good decisions about your hike. For instance, if there is nothing ahead but a shear cliff, it is prudent to reverse course and go back, or at least turn sideway. Animals must be considered carefully in the backcountry too. I’ve seen pigs, armadillos, snakes, porcupines, alligators, horses, swarms of wasps, bear, roadrunner, deer and even an otter. General hiking smarts tells us how to handle each sighting; you can get close to this animal but keep your distance from that one. This one may be a lethal danger, that one is as safe as a kitten.