Oregon Animals to Avoid When Visiting

Oregon is most popularly known for its scenic and natural beauty. That is why most visitors want to take advantage of the wonderful outdoor environment that Oregon has to offer. Usually, it is most recommended to visit Oregon in the summer where it is fairly warm and considerably dry to be able to trek the trails and enjoy the view.

However, every visitor should be made aware that in the peak summer months where everyone is out exploring the hills and valleys of Oregon, so are the animals; and they are not exactly as welcoming as the locals are.


One of the most notorious snakes in the world and Oregon’s only venomous snake, you should be on the lookout for any of these guys when out trekking in the Oregonian wild. You will know one right away when you see one as there are no other snakes with a rattle at the tip of the tail. The good thing about these snakes is that they mostly just want to be left alone and do not usually have the tendency to attack a human unless cornered or threatened.


Also known as mountain lions, cougars are natives of the state and are found all over. There are presently around five thousand cougars in the region and sightings have become more and more common. Upon sighting a cougar, it is advised that you do not run away as the animal may run after you.

Experts say that you should stand firm, keep eye contact with the cougar, talk loudly and use your arms to make you seem larger. The cat should back away, but if it does not, the state’s wildlife department advises that you fight back with any items available to you such as sticks, rocks, tools, etc.


There are approximately twenty species of ticks that are endemic to Oregon, but you should only be on the watch for four of them. They are usually encountered late in the spring or early in the summer when it is neither too cool nor too hot. If you find that you have a tick attached to you, remove it promptly and seek for professional medical help as some of these ticks may carry illnesses like Lyme disease.

Black Bears

Do not let the name fool you; these furry giants come in a wide assortment of colors including brown, blond and black. According to the wildlife department, there are about 30,000 that roam around Oregon, and this large number, paired with humans continually invading their territory, encounters with these big guys have become increasingly common. Because of this, people are advised to keep their trash to lessen the likelihood of bear encounters since trash usually attracts them to come and forage for food among the leftovers, and allow the bears to become habituated into coming into human settlements.


There are about five hundred species of bees that call Oregon home. If you are allergic to bee stings, you should avoid these little buzzers and carry your emergency antihistamine at all times while traveling. If you are of sound health, a sting may be nasty, but beware that bees are protected in the area since they play a very crucial role in pollinating plants and balancing the ecosystem.



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