Wyoming July 08, 2018
Here Are The 12 Biggest Risks Living In The State of Wyoming
While Wyoming is the best state in the nation for its residents, there are a few things you should be aware of before you start spending time here. These Wyoming dangers are all too real – but you be the judge on which ones will affect your everyday life.
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1. Slightly unusual traffic jams
We've all been caught in a bison jam before. Being late thanks to wildlife is a way of life here.
2. Falling in love with Winter
Wyoming has three seasons - July, August and Winter. If you stay here long enough, you start to think thoughts like "Oh, -20 isn't that bad" and "We really could have used more snow this winter", and that's the beginning of the end.
3. Getting lost in the wilderness
This is another thing that happens a lot to Wyomingites. Always tell someone where you're going and when you plan to be back, so they know where to find you if you wander off the trail.
4. Being blown away by the Wyoming wind
Okay, so it's unlikely you'll be blown off of Devils Tower by a big gust of wind, but we've all had to chase down some paper or an umbrella like a cartoon character before.
There are only two venomous snakes in Wyoming, and you're not really likely to get bitten by one even if you do spot one off the trail. Just stay calm and give them space. Be extra careful in the Flaming Gorge area, where the Midget Faded Rattlesnake lives. This is Wyoming's most dangerous snake, but there aren't many left, and they're extraordinarily rare.
6. Occasionally, a hungry grizzly.
Bear spray and bear bags, friends. You'll see grizzlies if you live here, but they'll almost always leave you alone. Don't give them an excuse to take an interest in you.
7. Getting stranded on the road
All it takes is one closed gas station to really ruin a trip. Carry emergency supplies in your car, especially in winter.
8. Moose encounters
Moose are a little more frightening than grizzlies to me - they're all over the place and absolutely gigantic. Give them space and try not to run your car into any of them and you should be good.
9. Misplaced bullets
While we love our guns here, it's an unfortunate reality that our gun fatality rate is nearly twice the national average. Remember basic gun safety - lock them up, teach your kids not to play with them, and never point a gun at something you don't intend to kill.
10. Greenie encounters
Their plates may have changed but their Colorado scent remains the same! Enjoy your
own Rockies, neighbors.
11. Tourist encounters
You know, I'll take my chances with the Moose and the Grizzlies.
12. Never being happy anywhere else.
No matter how many perilous encounters you have with wind, bears, isolation and greenies, there's really no place in the world like Wyoming, and those of us who live here wouldn't trade it for the world.
Don’t let this list discourage you from visiting or moving to Wyoming – it really is unlike any place on earth! Check out
The Ultimate and Definitive Bucket List For Everyone In Wyoming and be sure to make your way down the list before you succumb to the Wyoming Wind.