It’s not uncommon to see elk in Estes Park, Colorado, but this one shows up someplace unexpected.
Estes Park is known for it’s elk herd and their uncommon behaviors and lack of fear of humans. This can create some strange situations.
For example, last Saturday a big bull elk walked right into a gift shop and browsed for about 45 minutes. At one point the bull was lured out the door by police officers offering apples only to return to the store less than ten minutes later. Luckily, both the bull and the shop owner remained calm, no one was injured, and the bull left the store without causing any damage.
Watch the video to see this unusual wildlife encounter for yourself.
This store owner did a great job of keeping his cool and not alarming the elk. Who knows what would have happened if he freaked out or tried to chase the bull from the shop. As animal/human encounters become more common, everyone needs to be prepared to deal with a few wild visitors in the human world.