Much of the KVR is what we would call a “wilderness trail” so yes, you need to have a good awareness and be prepared to take precautionary measures. Wildlife you may encounter includes cougars, coyotes, deer, moose, elk, wolves, bears, badgers, marmots, rattlesnakes as well as insects – mosquitos can be prolific from May to July and most importantly wasps in August and September when they can become aggressive. Be sure to take a good first aid kit with you including anti-histamines. You may want to consider carrying bear spray, but making noise and staying together is your best way to avoid unwanted contact with wildlife. This helps to let the animals know you are approaching and gives them time to move away.