Encountering cows on alpine pastures

Correct behaviour when encountering cows – for a pleasant hiking experience in any situation.

Guidelines for the correct behaviour:

  • Do not leave hiking trails on alpine pastures!
  • Please keep your dog under control and on a leash!
  • Walk calmly and without attracting attention past the animals in safe distance (20 - 50 metres).
  • Do not startle the animals and do not look the animals directly in the eyes.
  • Leave the animals alone and do not touch them. Never touch calves!
  • Watch out for threatening gestures of the animals: lowering the head, pawing the ground, lowering, snorting.
  • When the animals approach: keep calm, don’t turn your back and leave the alpine pasture slowly!
  • Take your dog off the leash immediately when an attack by an animal is imminent.
  • Don’t wave around with the stick. In an absolute emergency, strike the cow’s nose with a stick.

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