I read a story today about a photographer who had a close encounter with a bear near the Arctic Circle. It brought two things to mind:
First, be aware of your surroundings at all times when you are out shooting. That goes from watching where you step, to keeping in mind where cars or other kinds of traffic might be to how close the bear is to you. Situational awareness can save your equipment (dropped or knocked in the mud, water or worse), save yourself from injury (trip, “the step that isn’t there”, tree branches, etc.) or save you from getting eaten (lions, tigers, bears, honey badgers). Focus on the photography, but don’t get lost in it. It might even give you an unexpected photo opportunity!
Second, if you’re shooting wild animals who might be interested in eating you, bring a slower buddy along… 😀