First, always make sure to spend time familiarizing yourself with the predators you may come in contact with in the area you’re hiking. In Northern New Mexico, we mainly have bears, mountain lions, and rattlesnakes. While it’s unlikely that you’ll have an encounter with any of them, do be aware of all possible risk factors. Remember that when you encounter predators on a trail, they’re more afraid of you than you are of them. Be sure to familiarize yourself with how to act during each encounter so you know what to do if the time comes.