This is an archived press release
Monday 24 May 2004
24 May 2004
CALL FOR WALKERS TO TAKE EXTRA CARE ON FARM LAND
Walkers in the Peak District are being asked to take extra care for their own safety when crossing fields containing livestock.
Jenny Waller, Senior Ranger for the National Park Authority, said, "Late spring is an important time in the Peak District. Wildlife is breeding and it is lambing and calving time on farms as well. If bullocks or cows with young feel threatened by dogs they could charge and trample both pet and owner.
"We're asking people to take extra care over the next few weeks and, in particular, asking dog owners to take special care when walking their pets through fields with livestock. Cattle especially can be inquisitive about dogs - which can lead to problems."
She explained that even though owners have their dogs on a lead and under close control that there can be the risk of livestock trampling both dog and owner resulting in injury, and on rare occasions even death - as was the case in Sheldon several years ago.
Jenny said, "We're not wanting to scare people but we do want them to understand that livestock can be unpredictable. It's important for everyone to be aware of the dangers so that they can be prepared and enjoy a safe walk in the countryside.
"If you are chased by livestock the best advice is to get out of the field as quickly as possible, let the dog fend for itself - a dog can easily out run a cow - but call it to you as soon as you are out of danger."