Confronted by a bull - what to do?

Discussion in 'General Walking Discussions' started by Cartable, Dec 1, 2018.

  1. Cartable

    Cartable Regular Member Staff Member

    Just wondering if any of you have ever been confronted by a bull whilst out walking and what the best way of dealing with it is?
  2. classic33

    classic33 Regular Member

    Might sound wrong, but have you tried running at it. Looking for an alternate means of exit to one side.

    Consider running away from one as a last resort. You've to turn your back on it, during which time it's closed the distance between you. Any obstacles in your way should you turn away and try to retrace your steps.
  3. Grayson

    Grayson Regular Member

    Are you for real? What a stupid and dangerous thing to say.

    Most bulls in the UK (over 10 months old) should be kept in fields where there is no public right of way. They are also not predators so won't usually go out of their way to attack you, but they are territorial, so may want to see you off their patch if they feel you are invading. Bulls will charge head-down but will usually give signs of being agitated beforehand including growling, head-shaking, pawing the earth and showing you their side to intimidate you.

    Move in a careful, calm way, if you sense a threat, keep moving with your body facing the animal; don’t turn your back to the animal or run.

    The same applies to cows, who can be more dangerous than bulls when they are spooked, threatened (if they have calves with them), and run at you as a group.
  4. classic33

    classic33 Regular Member

    Just doing what I've always done.

    And given you quoted only part you've taken the complete answer given out of context.
  5. Grayson

    Grayson Regular Member

    Context? Your whole context was run at the bull; idiotic advice at best ... potentially lethal at worst.
  6. classic33

    classic33 Regular Member

    Whilst looking for a way out to the side. You'll manage to keep the bull in sight, not disappear in their sight, only to suddenly reappear. You're not presenting a side on view, therefore limiting your view to mono vision to keep an eye on it. Most people find it hard to judge distance with only the eye.
  7. walkthewalk

    walkthewalk New Member

    Well the advice I have always been given is never look the animal in the eye as denotes aggression and make a careful slow retreat...
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