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Winter is the hardest time of year for wild animals. Snow, cold weather and lack of food mean they need to do all they can to save energy. When black grouse, chamois, etc. are disturbed by humans during their winter resting period, they use up a lot of energy fleeing – and this is energy they need in order to survive. If disturbed repeatedly, they lose too much energy and may fall ill or even die.

Take account of the wildlife and plan your tour according to the following four rules:

1. Respect designated wildlife areas and wildlife reserves. They provide wild animals with an undisturbed habitat.

2. Stay on paths and designated routes in the forest. This allows wild animals to adjust to the presence of humans.

3. Avoid forest edges and snow-free surfaces: this is where wild animals like to be best.

4. Keep your dog on a lead, particularly in the forest: wild animals run away from dogs running free.

Protected areas

Designated wildlife areas and wildlife reserves have been established by the authorities in order to protect wildlife and forest. These areas differ in legal status (legally protected or recommended), protection regulations and period of protection.

In addition to the information on and on the snowshoeing and ski tour maps from swisstopo, please follow carefully the information boards and signs on the ground.

Legal Basis
Designated wildlife areas and wildlife reserves are established according to current federal, cantonal and communal law. The data is provided by the Confederation and cantons and is binding.

Details of designated wildlife areas and wildlife reserves are updated at least annually on the ‘Respect to protect’ campaign website and the Federal Office for the Environment’s information platform:

“Respect to protect” is a campaign to protect wildlife and is supported by sport, trade, tourism, conservation and hunting circles. Its patrons are the Federal Office for the Environment FOEN and the Swiss Alpine Club SAC. Specifically for freeriders, the sub-campaign “Respect Wildlife” was launched. It promotes freeriding which does not pose a threat to wildlife.