Autumn time is rutting time for deer. While other animals prepare for winter by gorging themselves on enough fat for the cold winter days, autumn time for the deer is a time of suffering for love - and a breathtaking natural spectacle for all observers. In Pontresina you can experience this spectacle at close quarters.
Wildlife watching in Pontresina
The kings of the woods
in an autumnal duel
From friend to foe
The otherwise peaceful animals become bitter enemies at this time. Their loud roaring to repel the competition and to keep the pack members together can be heard far away - in Pontresina as well. In September, guided deer and animal watching tours are held in nearby Val Roseg. The Val Roseg is known for its coniferous forests, rushing streams and fauna and is therefore also very popular with wild animals.
The early bird hears the roaring
If you want to learn more about the behavior of the deer during the rutting season, you have to get up early, because they roar loudest in the early, misty morning hours. That's why these guided tours start at 06.30 a.m. and include about 1 ½ hours of pure marching time - good shoes as well as warm clothes or rainwear are therefore a must.