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advice on cows

On 30 Aug 2015 at 12:39am Blue wrote:
We (two of us) went for a walk today out past the recycling centre and back along the river. Large number of cows on public footpath there. Some (large) young males, females with calves. Several made a beeline for us -quite intimidating and had to go down the slope to river to get by them - only route back into town. Any advice on best way to get them to move next time?
On 30 Aug 2015 at 6:05am stig of the dump wrote:
Cows are naturally inquisitive. However, if you go anywhere near them when they have calves, you are genuinely in a considerable amount of danger. They will trample you and although rare, have known to kill.
Advice....stay out of fields where cows have calves, especially if you have a dog
On 30 Aug 2015 at 12:02pm Horseman7 wrote:
Clearly, when walking through a field of cows, keep your dog on a proper, short, lead (none of those extending do-dahs in an extended state). Should the worst happen and you get attacked, then let go of your dog and get yourself to safety. The cows will chase the dog, who can run a lot faster than you can and is more likely than you are to make a safe escape, rather than you.
On 30 Aug 2015 at 2:43pm Someone wrote:
I am very wary indeed in of cows when I'm out with the dog (and so is she). We (dog and I) have walked across the fields there by the river many times though and not felt threatened: I get the impression that the cattle are well used to humans and their canine companions. I absolutely agree with Horseman7: keep your dog on a short lead and never allow yourself to be manoeuvred into an area with no easy escape.

I presume that at some point the little bridges over the ditches will be rebuilt, and that will make it safer to cross those fields as the bridges provide a refuge. I have in the past spent a minute or two waiting for a curious cow to move away after fixing us with an evil eye.

I probably wouldn't venture into a field with cattle whose exposure to humans and dogs is unknown though.
On 31 Aug 2015 at 7:37am marina wrote:
I walk that path with my dog most days. I always take care and the cows leave us alone. There is another route back to town. You need to duck under the railway bridge and loop back along the foot of Landport. You may feel that is more scary than cows. In which case I can't help you.
On 31 Aug 2015 at 11:25am Pearliegirliestar wrote:
Cows are scary. They freak the life out of me whenever I walk past them. There are numerous stories of cows turning on people and trampling them to death. I try to avoid them if I can.
On 4 Sep 2015 at 10:52pm Blue wrote:
Thanks a lot everyone - i appreciate the advice

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