An 82-year-old man has died after being attacked by a herd of cows during a walk with his wife, police said. The couple was walking at Ivescar, near Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales, when the incident happened at around 1.45pm on Saturday.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and his 78-year-old wife was taken to hospital by air ambulance for treatment to injuries.

A police spokeswoman said: "An 82-year-old man, from Foulridge, Pendle, sadly died yesterday after being attacked by a herd of cows."

She added: "Emergency services attended and sadly the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
"The woman, aged 78, was badly bruised and taken to Royal Lancaster Infirmary by air ambulance."

It's understood that the couple disturbed the cattle, who had calves with them. The air ambulance service was also called because of the remote location.

A woman posting on a social media site whose husband witnessed the attack has warned dog walkers to be aware that cows can attack dogs while protecting their calves. The poster tells people to ‘let their dogs go’ if they find themselves in this situation as the dogs are able to run away.

Every year there are reports of walkers being trampled to death by herds of cows, sometimes caught up in a stampede. It is often farm employees or walkers that fall victim.

The great outdoors is the perfect place to exercise dogs but while many are aware of the dangers of bulls, they are less wary of cows despite their tendency to chase off dogs in order to protect their young.

North Yorkshire is a popular destination for walkers and ramblers with many routes banned to visitors during the coronavirus pandemic.

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