Food: How mowing machines and dogs threaten cows

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When farmers mow lawns, it means a mortal danger to lawns. Another danger is loose dogs. Therefore, fishermen like their owners.

“Now the prime time begins to mow the lawns and the cows’ bedroom is demolished to fetch the hay,” Essen fishermen call it when large farm machinery rolls through the meadows. Hence it is necessary to save young animals. That is why angry poachers search the meadows for small animals before farmers start mowing the lawn.

Because once the farmer goes out with his mower to the meadow, there’s no chance of dawn. Now is the time when a doe (mother deer) gives birth to an antelope, they give birth to an average of one to two shades. “The doe puts the antelope in the woods, the field, or gladly in the meadows. There the antelope remains stationary and well camouflaged with points in its lair until the mother deer has picked up her offspring and can supply it with milk again,” explains Faith Groot.

Nature intended it, but animals weren’t prepared to face many dangers. “Mowing lawns, raking thatch, and dogs running free over and over again makes it very difficult for parents and young animals,” Groot says.

Hunters and farmers have developed ways to protect small animals

Therefore, hunters and farmers have developed some ways to protect young animals. Electronic warning systems are found on ever-growing agricultural machinery, such as hounds that are trained to spot elk in the tall grass. Some distribute human hair because deer do not like human weather and at best do not put their costumes in these places. On the other hand, others content themselves with the flutter bar to scare the animals.




In Oberor, Faith Groot, who is licensed to hunt in the area, and his team of helpers set out in the early hours of the morning and searched the meadows for small animals. “This year, the meadows are particularly high, which makes finding the well-camouflaged young elk even more difficult,” says the hunter, describing the situation. She advises: “If someone finds a fawn, it is better to leave it untouched in its lair, otherwise it is threatened with death.” So you should never touch small animals.


Since elk are not fast and strong enough in the first few weeks of life to flee when threatened, they are kept in a safe place by their mothers. They visit the offspring only for a short time three or four times a day to feed and clean them. If the human scent sticks to the antelope, then the antelope is so afraid that it rejects the young.

Free-running dogs are also a big problem. It also makes it difficult to raise young. Faith Groot often hears “my dog ​​doesn’t do anything” when trying to point out the dangers of dogs to their owners. And even if it were true: “A wild animal does not know it and is still afraid. It may run across the street and hit a car as it is fleeing.” This is exactly what happened a few weeks ago. “Unfortunately, in Deipenbecktal, we had to retrieve a doe that had just been hit by a motorist,” Groot says.

Hunters tirelessly seek understanding from dog owners

These are situations that affect even experienced fishermen. Because the antelope or antelope has already planted it, the hunter can recognize from the milk teats. Usually, especially in the first days or weeks, the mother always remains close to the elk and does not move far from it.

This is why hunters like Veith Groote tirelessly make it clear and repeatedly ask dog owners to understand that they should put their animals on a leash in rural areas of Hinsel, Holthausen or Byfang and stay in the trails. “Because antelopes call their mother to shriek when they are hungry. If the antelope dies, the offspring will starve to death.”

Hunters resort to an old trick with toilet paper and aftershave

Incidentally, hunters like Veith Groote and his team use an old trick to prevent elk and other small animals from getting into farmers’ barns when mowing: “We’re strengthening the area the farmer wants to mow.” This is how toilet paper is used. Sheets are made, eg they are sprayed after shaving and placed in fields and meadows where the farmer has to work. With these signs of strange smell, the mother takes her young to another place or avoids these places.

And if the hunters still find a small fake, as if they were in a frenzy last time, they carefully grab it with gloves and take it to a safe place nearby so that the mother can find it again and accept it.


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