Monday, May 28, 2012

Don't presume livestock on trail are docile

Photo courtesy of Wisconsin DNR.
In rare cases, you may need to cross private land during a day hike with kids, and it’s quite possible you’ll encounter livestock along the way. Don’t presume that domesticated animals will be docile. Give them their space just as you would a wild animal. You should never startle cattle or sheep, as they easily can break into a stampede. Stay out of the way of bulls, as they will protect their herd.

Read more about day hiking with children in my guidebook Hikes with Tykes.