A 70-year old woman hiker in the Austrian Alps was fatally gored when cows charged at her, local media reported.
The victim, who was with a friend, was walking with dogs in pastureland in the Tyrol region when the attack happened, the daily newspaper Tiroler Tageszeitung reported.
While passing an alpine hut, the two women crossed a fenced pasture containing ten suckler cows and eight calves.
At that point, “one or several cows” charged, a police source told the Austria Press Agency (APA), trampling the woman, who later died from her injuries. She has not been named.
Her companion was unharmed.
The incident recalls a similar tragedy in 2014 when a 45-year-old German tourist died after being gored by a cow in another Tyrolean valley.
Following a heated debate on cattle attacks, the woman’s husband and son sought €360,000 ($405,000) compensation from the cow’s owner in a civil case that is ongoing.
The exact circumstances of Wednesday’s incident were not immediately known.
— With APA