Apologies in advance if this topic is repetitive. There was some discussion in a thread not too long ago, but I can't find it.
I watched a recent Thomas Heaton video about "fear of..." which included attacks from animals, from people (!) and other mishaps that landscape photographers might encounter. He said there really aren't that many dangerous animals in England, so he didn't have any comment about wild animals. (Injury while out alone is his biggest concern.)
In Southern California we have mountain lions in some of the more isolated locations. Spottings are rare, and stories of encounters are even more rare. Yet, I've not yet been able to convince myself to be out on a mountain road/trail, alone, in the dark hour before sunrise or after sunset. Some mountain access points are closed from sunset to sunrise, in part because that is when they roam.
A local photo club might be the answer for me...safety in numbers!
Any suggestions or stories about wild animal encounters? Perhaps you have bears in your area?