According to the HSE, the Health and Safety Executive, the most deadliest large animals in Britain are cattle, yes Cattle! It is not dogs or badgers or even rats, but cattle.
Results were conducted from the last 20 years and it emerged that over the last 15 years there has been over 70 deaths records involving cattle. Out of those 70+ recordings, 18 were fatal accidents that involved the public and 56 incidents were accounted in the farm.
From the 18 fatal accidents, these were people walking in the public paths and the cattle breaking out. Many of the fatalities were people walking their dogs and being trampled on by a heard of cows, 1 causality was a man that was in the wrong place and the wrong time.
Incidents involving these cows range from cattle, who produce milk, to cows who are made for beef. In total 56 farm cows killed workers, and cows killed 18 general public people. The next animal that caused the most deaths were dogs, there were in total 17 deaths caused by dogs, between the years 2005 – 2013. As a result of these figures farmers are being educated to keep cattle away from public paths, as they are a hazard to the general public.
Cows generally graze in herds; if one cow sees a danger and stampedes they all follow to protect that one cow against the danger. They are territorial animals that do not like their close land being used by other people, hence the high amount of deaths for the general public.
A 62 year old from Cornwall had an incident with a heard of cows and reportedly died. Walking with his 2 dogs and his wife, they were caught in a stampede of cattle in Derby. In the same day in the same area another man had injuries as a heard of cows ignored his dogs but charged towards him.
So if a cow does charge towards you, what would you do? Would you stay calm and stand there? Or would you run? If you are in this scenario do not panic, slowly and steady walk away from the pack of cows with you front towards them. When the cows realise you are not a threat to them or their cattle they will ignore you.
If you are with your dog, just leave the dogs lead, as your dog will outrun the cattle and just look after yourself. Most people are dog walkers and usually look after their dog when looking to outrun the cattle and this is a big no no, dogs will look after themselves, and you should look after yourself.
The countryside code in the UK states that, by law all dogs should be kept under strict supervision when in the countryside. Therefore it is your responsibility that they do not scare cattle, bulls or other farm animals. It is important to keep your dog on a lead at all times as you do not know when they will have a change of heart and just run towards the animals. By law farmers can destroy dogs that injure their livestock, so always be sure to keep them on a leash, so that everyone is happy.
By law, all dogs’ mess should be cleaned up, if it is in a public place. The mess can be infectious and if consumed by another animal this could endanger the livestock of farmers or other animals. Therefore always keep a spare plastic bag with you at all times. From December 2015, all dog walkers in Britain will have to carry a couple of plastic bags with them, as the government are looking to stop irresponsible dog owners leaving dog foul lieing around without cleaning. Dog walkers could now be fined up to £1000 on the spot fines.
Below is a video of cows attacking people in the U.K, as you can see they are very dangerous animals who should not be messed with or touched, in the wild.