Locals and visitors alike enjoy exploring Tirol's beautiful mountains. However, it is important to remember that they are not just a recreation area for humans but also a natural habitat for many animals. Hikers and walkers should take this into account, especially if they are out and about in the mountains with dogs.
Anyone who has spent time in the mountains will be familiar with the following situation: all of a sudden you find a cow standing in your way, blocking the route you want to take. In almost all cases it is possible to walk around it, leaving plenty of space as you do so. Respecting alpine animals is a key element of hiking in the mountains. The most important rules include keeping a safe distance at all times, not feeding the animals and staying on the marked trails. These rules are all the more important if you are out hiking with a dog. In such cases, please make sure the dog is kept on a short leash and avoid any contact between dogs and mother cows protecting their young. Scroll down for more information on how to behave around animals in the mountains.