As summer approaches walkers are being warned of the dangers of walking in fields full of cows.
East Sussex County Council is warning people that the normally docile animals can become aggressive towards walkers, especially when calves are present.
Last year there were a number of incidents nationally where walkers were seriously injured, and even killed by cattle while walking through fields.
East Sussex County Council is urging people to take extra care this summer when they come into contact with cows, especially when calves are present.
The National Farmers’ Union and The Ramblers say cows can feel threatened by dogs and are, therefore, more likely to attack. They have issued some advice for walkers:
Things you shouldn't do-
- • Don’t try get between cows and their calves• Don’t hang onto your dog. If you are threatened by cattle – let it go as the cattle will chase the dog• Don’t put yourself at risk. Find another way round the cattle and rejoin the footpath as soon as possible• Don’t panic or run. Most cattle will stop before they reach you. If they follow just walk on quietly.
Things you should do-
- • Do be prepared for cattle to react to your presence, especially if you have a dog with you• Do move quickly and quietly, and if possible walk around the herd• Do keep your dog close and under effective control on a lead