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.
- Avoid contact with grazing livestock, do not feed animals, keep a safe distance!
- Keep calm, don't frighten grazing cattle!
- Mother cows protect their calves, avoid encounters between mother cows and dogs!
- Always keep dogs under control and keep them on a short leash. If an attack by a grazing animal is foreseeable: Cast off immediately!
- Do not leave hiking trails on alpine pastures!
- If grazing cattle block the way, handle as far away as possible!
- When approaching grazing livestock: stay calm, do not turn your back, avoid the animals!
- Leave the pasture quickly at the first sign of anxiety!
- Fences must be observed! If there is a gate, use it, close it well and cross the pasture quickly!
- Meet the people of nature working here and the animals with respect!
Alpine emergency call: 140
EU emergency call: 112