Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials warn people to keep their distance from elk during their rutting season.
Elk rutting season is in full swing here in Colorado, and as such, the elk can become rather ... aggressive. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is encouraging people to keep a safe distance away from the animals during this time, especially after a recent incident where a massive bull elk charged a crowd in Estes Park near Rocky Mountain National Park last Thursday.
Video footage shows the bull elk charging toward a crowd near the visitor center, ultimately knocking a woman down and repeatedly butting her with its antlers.
Luckily, the woman was able to escape the charging elk after a public works employee, Brian Berg, drove his truck between the elk and the woman. Unfortunately, this upset the elk even further, and it began to ram the front of the pickup truck.
Brian Berg posted the two videos of the bull elk charging the crowd and attacking the woman, which you can see below:
The woman was, thankfully, not seriously injured during the incident and didn't seek medical attention. However, one other individual was injured during the attack. A man tried jumping out of the way of the bull elk, but slipped and hit his head on a rock. In the video above, he can be seen on the ground not far away from the woman. He was taken to the hospital, and his current condition is unknown.
"We are in the rut (breeding season) and bull elk will very aggressively defend their harems. Bull elk will fight over breeding rights,” CPW spokesman Jason Clay told FOX31. “Let the elk move away on their own, never ever get that close because something like this could happen.”
Elk rutting season in Colorado is expected last for another couple of weeks, so if you decide to visit Estes Park or any other areas where the elk are prevalent, please make sure you're staying as far away as possible and exercise caution. Learn more safety tips here.
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