Up on top of Puerto del Pico, the pass that crosses the Gredo mountains on the road leading north from us to Ávila, there’s a sign:
It says that there are mountain goats in the area and that it’s prohibido espantar a los animales – Do not frighten the animals – which, at first sight, seems reasonable enough.
Indeed, it’s all very well and good until you read the small print quoting the article and section of the law being cited. La Ley de Caza is the ‘hunting law’.
So visitors are forbidden to frighten the wildlife, presumably so the creatures all remain calm and don’t startle easily when the hunters come to shoot them.