I live in a rural area with lots of wildlife, including coyotes, wolves, bear, deer, moose, etc. I have never really worried much about carrying a weapon to deal with them. For the most part, they are more afraid of me and will not trouble me ... although I am hesitant about a bear or a moose, but really wouldn't be carrying anything that would be a threat to them caliber-wise/stopping power-wise. I would be more likely to carry in an urban area... especially in an unfamiliar area after dark... than I would in a rural area. I see humans as much more of a threat than any animal.