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Finding Food for Survival in the Wilderness

A person who is lost in the wilderness will find it very difficult to survive for too long without food. It is less important than water but vital all the same.

It provides a person with all the energy that he or she needs in order to look for a way back to civilization or at least to stay alive until help arrives.

Most people who go into the wilderness carry food along with them. This varies from trail mix to canned food. However, it becomes essential for the person to be able to forage for food if these options are no longer available.

Plants provide a good source of nutrition in the wilderness. There are many edible fruits and nuts in addition to leaves, but some of them can be poisonous.

Some fruits and berries are easily identifiable and can be consumed without fear. The best thing about using this source of food is that it hardly requires you to use energy, which is absolutely essential at this time.

Another common source of food in the wilderness is bird eggs. Birds’ nests are usually easy to spot but they are not always on top of a tree.

Many of them are in bushes or hidden in the vegetation on the ground. The presence of birds usually leads one to their nests.

Eggs are extremely nutritious since they are an excellent source of proteins, fats and vitamins.

A regular supply of these eggs, supplemented with plant products, can keep a person alive and energetic for a long time.

Mushrooms are another good source of nutrition and they are usually easy to find.

A person should, however, be extremely careful when harvesting mushrooms because many of them are extremely poisonous.

Hunting and trapping birds and animals might seem to be a good idea because there are so many of them in the wilderness and also because they are a good source of protein.

However, this is not advisable unless the person is an experienced hunter.

Inexperienced people will expend a lot of time, and more importantly, energy trying to trap animals without having any guarantee of success.

The lost person might have more success with finding fish if there is a shallow body of water in that area. They are an excellent source of food as well.

There is another source of protein that is easily available in the wild, but many humans are not comfortable with trying out.

Insects are available in abundance all over the world and plenty of cultures view them as an acceptable source of nutrition.

A person who is starving in the wilderness only needs to overturn a rock or peel tree bark away in order to find insects or their larvae.

There is a cultural prejudice against the consumption of this food but people who are really hungry will pop them into their mouth in case they wish to survive.

Cooking food is not always possible when one is lost in a forest, but one should certainly make all attempts to do so.

Not only does fire make food such as insects and worms more acceptable to a person, it also removes any bacteria that can cause the person to fall sick. Illness is something that the person can hardly afford at this time.

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