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Often enough, a hiking trail leads straight through a cow pasture. Time and again, when people and herd meet, delicate situations arise that can be avoided with prudent behavior.

For Heinz Feldmann, safety expert for the alpine region at the advice center for accident prevention in agriculture, the golden rule is: "Do not stroke animals in pastures." Because a suckler cow that weighs more than half a ton doesn’t understand any joke in this case. Anyone who pats a calf can put their lives in danger.

For Feldmann it is also important that you stop in a cow pasture and get an overview. It makes sense to always secure the possibility of avoiding the herd, so the expert.

“It's best to take a little detour instead of wandering through the herd. Otherwise, keep walking slowly so that the animals can get used to the hiker who is an intruder. " Because cows need ten times longer than humans to perceive changes in light. So anyone who moves hectically or too quickly can unsettle the animals. The same applies to hikers with sticks: you shouldn't use them too intensely or too quickly near cattle - and certainly not wiggle them around, because hectic movements alert the animals.

Anyone who travels by bike should behave like a hiker. That means: get off, walk slowly across the pasture and push the bike. Because the animals cannot perceive the fast movements well, they become nervous and make defensive movements in the direction of the mountain biker.

On the other hand, the choice of clothing color is harmless: the animals react just as little aggressively to red as they do to any other color.

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  • Comment from Inge Ross, 3153 Rüschegg
    Very interesting: http://youtu.be/yEsDga6zywY http://www.daserste.de/information/wissen-kultur/w-wie-wissen/sendung/kuhfluesterer-100.html Here again and again a topic: SLOW, ev. move backwards - don't press.
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  • Commentary by Karl Suter, Kirchberg
    Based on the comments, I can see that most of the commenters don't understand much about animal husbandry. Everyone wants to be an expert in this, but they forget that people separate their own children from their mother as early as possible and put them in a crib so that the mother can go to work. The mother forgets that there is no more valuable and responsible job than being there for the children and raising them to be righteous people!
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  • Commentary by Rolf Suter, Zurich
    What is noticeable when following the accidents involving hikers is that it is often the elderly who are injured or killed. What is the reason? Can they no longer reach the saving fence so quickly or are they still influenced by the past, when only harmless dairy cows were on the pasture?
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    1. answer from Lukas Bucher, Lucerne
      Older people hike more often.
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    2. answer from Rolf Suter, Zurich
      Yes, that could be, sometimes you look too far ... :-) Thank you.
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