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Behaviour in the mountains

10 rules of conduct for dealing with grazing livestock

Your safety when hiking in the mountains take top priority. If we all stick to a few basic rules, it is very easy to get along with the wildlife in the mountains.

  1. Avoid contact with grazing livestock, do not feed animals, keep a safe distance!
  2. Keep calm, don't frighten grazing cattle!
  3. Mother cows protect their calves, avoid encounters between mother cows and dogs!
  4. Always keep dogs under control and keep them on a short leash. If an attack by a grazing animal is foreseeable: Cast off immediately!
  5. Do not leave hiking trails on alpine pastures!
  6. If grazing cattle block the way, handle as far away as possible!
  7. When approaching grazing livestock: stay calm, do not turn your back, avoid the animals!
  8. Leave the pasture quickly at the first sign of anxiety!
  9. Fences must be observed! If there is a gate, use it, close it well and cross the pasture quickly!
  10. Meet the people of nature working here and the animals with respect!

Further information

Alpine emergency call: 140
EU emergency call: 112

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