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THE RIGHT WAY TO DEAL WITH GRAZING ANIMALS

The right way to assess the behaviour of grazing animals:

Behave in a respectful manner if you encounter mountain cattle on your hike. To avoid any unpleasant situations, please follow some simple recommendations and be aware of how animals behave.

THREE DIFFERENT COMPOSITIONS OF HERDS OF CATTLE:

Mothers with calves Mothers will defend their calves, a bull may be present
Young cattle Young cattle are curious, playful and frisky
Dairy cows Dairy cows are milked so are used to close contact with people

THE CORRECT BEHAVIOUR

  • Unless absolutely necessary, do not get too close to grazing animals and, above all, do not pet or feed calves.
  • Keep your distance if a herd shows signs of restlessness or hikers are already surrounded by animals!
  • Cattle see dogs as potential enemies, so keep your dog on a lead and do not get too close to the herd. If an attack looks imminent, take your dog off the lead.
  • Should a dangerous situation still arise: keep calm and do not run away! In an absolute emergency, use your stick to give the cow a targeted blow on the nose. Alternatively, walk slowly at a steady pace out of the danger area without turning your back on the animals. This is the only correct way to deal with a dangerous encounter.

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