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Aggressive cattle attack people in France and Austria

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People are being warned to avoid cattle when walking through certain areas. A man and a woman were recently left with serious injuries after being attacked by cattle in France, and another couple faced aggressive cattle in Austria.
The Telegraph reported that a woman was left unconscious after being trampled by a herd of cattle when she tried to cross a field near Font-Romeu. In another incident, a male walker was charged by a cow and left with head injuries, as well as cuts to his arms.
It was reported that the animal threw the man to the ground violently and walked on him.
Cows are at their most aggressive when they have their calves with them. Some people also believe holidaymakers in the Pyrenees area have been harassing the cattle.
A German couple told the Austrian Times about how they felt threatened by cattle when they went for a walk in the Austrian countryside.
They travelled more than 800 kilometres to spend a holiday in the Alps. They rented a mountain hut near the small town of Schöder in Styria’s Murau district.
“We wanted to walk to a nearby pub after arriving on Friday night when suddenly ten cows surrounded us,” said the 42-year-old man, who did not want to be named. “I unleashed our dog so she can escape. My wife suffered serious bruises when the cows attacked her. She eventually managed to lock herself in the hut, while I jumped into our car.”
The cattle damaged the car before moving off.
Although the woman required treatment at a clinic, the couple decided to stay and complete their holiday.

17 comments

#1Jul 27, 2010 Michael Cosgrove
These are scurrilous and sordid rumours spread by the dreaded Anglosaxons and designed to undermine France. The proof? Sure. I have lived near downtown Lyon France for 12 years and I have NEVER been attacked by a cow. :)
#2Jul 27, 2010 R. C. Camphausen
Perhaps the cattle are starting a revolution against their dominant masters, showing the human sheep (Copyright: The Bible) how to do it.
#3Jul 27, 2010 Michael Cosgrove
@R. C. Camphausen
Perhaps the cattle are starting a revolution against their dominant masters, showing the human sheep (Copyright: The Bible) how to do it.
"(Copyright: The Bible)"?
Hey R.C., copyright Animal Farm, you mean lol!
#4Jul 27, 2010 R. C. Camphausen
Oh dear, so sorry. I always mix up these two books.
#5Jul 27, 2010 Michael Cosgrove
@R. C. Camphausen
Oh dear, so sorry. I always mix up these two books.
You mix up The Bible and Animal Farm?
Psychiatrists, theologists and revolutionaries would have a great time trying to figure out why lol!
#6Jul 27, 2010 R. C. Camphausen
Michael,
the people you mentioned are welcome to study my brain after a decent post mortem.
Lynn,
sorry we seem to have hijacked your article, but rest assured that from today on, I've become a true fan of cows. Fortunately, we don't have them where I live; we make do with goats and sheep. Anyway, so many comments helped your article to the front page at 22:00 Greek time.
#7Jul 27, 2010 Michael Cosgrove
Yes Lynn, sorry for getting off-topic. So, getting back to the article, I seriously wonder if this doesn't have something to do with the recent heatwaves in both countries and a hot summer in general?
#8Jul 27, 2010 skeptikool
Well, leave it once again for a blogger to tell you clever DJers what's happening here. Fully justified, mad cow disease.
#9Jul 27, 2010 sumdume
Apparently the Mad Cow disease is spreading! LOL
#10Jul 27, 2010 Gar Swaffar
@skeptikool
Well, leave it once again for a blogger to tell you clever DJers what's happening here. Fully justified, mad cow disease.
A far more virulent form of the disease is running rampant these days.
Mad Max Cow Disease
#11Jul 28, 2010 Sara Star
I will make sure I will watch out for these roaming gangs if I ever get to France. Would pepper spray work?
Oh .... yes, I wonder if the people were wearing red?
#12Jul 28, 2010 Debra Myers
Oh gee--the thread has me giggling up a storm! Mad Max Cow Disease? That's too fracking funny! 8 )
I wonder why these cows are so aggressive...as being a diary farmer's daughter, we never had cows that were aggressive...just a couple of bulls. And mean bulls they were too!
#13Jul 28, 2010 sumdume
@Sara Star
I will make sure I will watch out for these roaming gangs if I ever get to France. Would pepper spray work?
Oh .... yes, I wonder if the people were wearing red?
Do you know why wildlife experts recommend people carry pepper spray when hiking in Yellowstone? It is because Grizzlies dislike bland meals.
#14Jul 29, 2010 Hans Smedbol
sumdume says: "Do you know why wildlife experts recommend people carry pepper spray when hiking in Yellowstone? It is because Grizzlies dislike bland meals."
now that's a good one!!!! i must try and remember that one...as we have LOTS of black bears around, and more than a few grizz up in the higher mountains (except when they get bored with huckleberries and want to have a little human snack or too....i can certainly see that they might prefer us with a little spice...(i know that i won't eat my meat without a good dose of spicing)....covers up that nasty human smell and taste, and replaces it with that lovely odour and flavour of capsicum....yum...they ought to try us bbq'd....much better....nice and charred...with that nice pepper bbq sauce....yum yum....
back to the story...it seems. really strange to me that cows are doing this, since they are usually so peaceful and non threatening (unless you meet a bull of course). i never heard of this happening before like that....
and then there are the many stories in canada and the u.s. about having to be careful around DEER now...they TOO can get very aggressive and violent, especially if the fauns are around...i never heard of that before either....maybe there are just too many of them, and being forced into human habitational lands, they get used to us, and then feel free to push us around....
however, again, i'd never heard of this happening until this summer....and suddenly it's happening all over the place....like the cows and deer somehow got doped up with too much testosterone or something...
oh...wait...maybe for the cows it might have something to do with the facts that in some countries, they are fed not only vegetarian food (they are herbivores after all), but are also being fed ground up animal parts, mixed into their feed, forcing them to become carnivores against their natural inclinations...although i had heard of cows being known to eat salmon when they were running and all over the place....but then salmon are really just seaweed with fins....(not really i know...but i'm just joshing with y'all....) just like chicken is said to be nothing but corn with legs....of course now, even beef cows and hogs are becoming nothing but corn on legs, as that's the major part of their current diets in the agri-business world.....
#15Jul 29, 2010 sumdume
IMHO- It isn't that cow attacks are becoming a problem. It just that we hear about them more often, like earthquakes. I have been around cattle most of my life and have been the target of very few cow attacks and fewer bull attacks. The instances where I was the target were because the cow became upset when we were treating them to prevent parasites/diseases or we were administering medications to her calf. Although we occasionally had a cow that was just mean.
Most beef cows in the U.S. consume very little corn. These animals consume mostly grass and hay. When needed to ensure they are receiving an adequate supply of nutrient cows are fed supplemental feeds. Usually these are made of byproducts leftover when plant materials are used to make other products. Distillers grain, cottonseed meal, molasses, beet pulp and citrus pulp are commonly used.
#16Jul 29, 2010 Gar Swaffar
@Debra Myers
Oh gee--the thread has me giggling up a storm! Mad Max Cow Disease? That's too fracking funny! 8 )
I wonder why these cows are so aggressive...as being a diary farmer's daughter, we never had cows that were aggressive...just a couple of bulls. And mean bulls they were too!
It wasn't their fault, they were drunk.
#17Jul 29, 2010 Debra Myers
@Gar Swaffar
It wasn't their fault, they were drunk.
Probably that fermented silage people feed cows these days!!!

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