Survival myths, a.k.a. urban (wilderness) legends are popular beliefs shared with friends that are usually very wrong. Let’s continue with myths 61-63
Myth 61: If a tick bites you, you will get Lyme disease.
Ticks are usually found on pets. You can get one by simply touching your dog. These little bugs use blood as their main source of nutrients so it can be gross to have one of these on your skin sucking up your blood. There is a myth claiming that ticks always cause the Lyme disease, a bacterial infection which symptoms are similar to those of a simple cold. However, not all ticks carry the Lyme disease. Your chances of getting the disease if a tick bites you are high, but not a hundred percent. In conclusion, not all ticks carry the Lyme disease. Even if they did, the infection quickly disappears with the use of some good antibiotics.
Myth 62: Wildlife is Your Big Biggest Problem.
Most people’s fear when lost in the wild is to be eaten by a wild creature. Movies showed us how scary a hungry bear, a deadly wolf or a silent snake can be and how quickly they can kill you. According to this myth we should be really careful with the animals out there and it should be our top priority to get protection against them if we want to survive. While this makes sense, reality is different. According to recent research, in North America only around 200 people out of the thousands that go outdoors every year die from any creature. And do you know which creature? Not bears, nor wolves but bees. Yes, we are afraid of all the big and scary animals and it turns out that the smallest of them is causing the biggest amount of deaths.
In conclusion, wildlife is not as dangerous as we think. This also depends on the location of course but in general, when people are lost in the wild they die from other reasons such as weather conditions or dehydration. You can stop reading books about how to survive a bear attack and start reading books about how to find water, food or shelter.
Myth 63: Bears are attracted to menstruation.
The strange idea that bears are likely to attack menstruating women was born in the year 1967 in the Glacier National Park in Montana. Two women, one menstruating and one carrying tampons were killed by a grizzly bear. This quickly led to the speculation that the menstrual odors of the women might have attracted the bears and so, several security agencies warned women over this funny fact. No scientific evidence was ever presented. Recent studies have shown that bears are actually not attracted to menstruating women. This one is a strange myth that is obviously wrong.
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