Wild animals in dreams represent our basic instincts and urges such as lust, fear and anger – the deep emotions that we are taught to repress. • Dreams provide a safe outlet for exploring these deeper feelings. Taming a wild animal indicates a need to control your instincts. • To understand the individual meaning of your dream, explore the specific characteristics of the particular wild animal you dream of. For example, bears are about the need for strong boundaries and lions represent our strength and courage.