Traditional alpine farming is hugely important to the Diemtigtal Nature Park. Therefore, hiking trails often lead through pastures. You might encounter mother cows with their calves. Since mother cows protect their calves, we recommend keeping your distance from the cattle and not touching the calves. Moreover, if you are hiking with your dog, put it on the lead and let it go only in an emergency.
Due to the return of wild predators, livestock needs to be protected more than ever. In the Diemtigtal (Diemtig valley) there are livestock guardian dogs working on several pastures. Usually, these dogs are harmless for us humans, even if their size may instil fear. You can find out which areas are currently employing livestock guardian dogs on > herdenschutzschweiz.ch (website only partially available in English). The website also has tips on how to behave when encountering these animals.