An 82-year-old man has been trampled and killed by a herd of cows during a walk in the Yorkshire Dales with his wife and dogs.
The couple had been walking in Ivescar, Ingleton, when the incident took place around 2pm on Saturday May 30.
Police, paramedics and air ambulance attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
His 78-year-old wife was airlifted to Lancaster Royal Infirmary for treatment and is not thought to be seriously injured.
It is believed the couple had disturbed the cows, who had calves with them, near the Ribblehead Viaduct.
North Yorkshire Police said it appeared the cows were protecting their calves during the "tragic" incident.
NFU access policy advisor Mhari Barnes said while incidents like this are ’very rare’ it is important anyone out walking at this time of year is aware of ’possible risks’ from livestock.
She said: “The countryside is a working environment where animals graze.
"When walking with dogs in fields with cattle, the advice is to avoid getting between cows and their calves; keep your dog under close and effective control on a short lead around cows and sheep, but not to hang onto your dog if you are threatened by cattle - let it go and allow the dog to run to safety.”
“This offers the best chance of a safe outcome to both you and your dog. If you feel threatened by animals protecting their territory or young, do not run. Move to the edge of the field and, if possible, find another way round. And please follow the Countryside Code”
CLA president Mark Bridgeman said: “Heart-breaking incidents such as this highlight the importance of exercising caution when enjoying the countryside.
“We understand that members of the public will want to enjoy the countryside, and we encourage them to do so, but it is vital that people and animals are kept safe.
“We would urge those walking in the countryside to keep dogs on a short lead near livestock, and avoid getting between cows and their calves. If cattle approach you, you should let go of your dog, they will be able to get away. Please stick to the public rights of way.
“Our thoughts are with the family at this tragic time.”