Whenever an encounter with wildlife happens outside of a sanctioned wildlife reserve or zoo, always keep your head. Panicking can exacerbate the situation and someone can get hurt. Humane animal handling demands that the animal is not harmed in any way. The key is to think fast and to remember that the animal is just as scared as the human is.
Redirecting the path of the animal is the best way to keep a distance from the animal while arranging for it to leave a specific area. Always contact a professional and do not try to pick up or touch the animal. If in an area of Salt Lake City where wild animals are common in human areas, consider a good repellant that will stop contact before it ever happens.
If the animal is in a back yard or close to a dwelling, try to contain it until animal professionals can arrive. Always maintain a distance and do not try to remove the animal by yourself. A scared animal may attack and cause harm if they feel threatened. Humanely removing animals from inhabited areas takes patience and deliberation.
Humane animal removal helps to preserve the balance of the natural environment. It is the best way to ensure the safety of the ecosystem and helps to bring awareness of how important every creature is in the natural balance of things. Being informed far outweighs taking risky chances and possibly harming self or the animal. Get professional help and stay calm and a positive outcome will be reached.