This elk has had enough of the tourists.
Everyone knows that elk are beautiful and majestic animals. Because of that, many tourists let their guards down around these massive animals. Many of them treating them like they are big cows or horses. The truth is, these are wild, dangerous animals that can put a hurting on a human if they choose to do it.
It is never a good idea to get too close to an elk, but it is an especially bad idea in the fall when the elk are rutting. Bull elk are all jacked up on testosterone and they are desperate for some loving from the cows.
At this time of year, anything that irritates them, well, they like to take out their frustrations on it. In this clip, one tourist barely makes it back into his van after a frustrated bull elk lets the guy know he has had enough!
That tourist stood outside his car just a little too long. That bull was mad and made a beeline straight towards him. An animal this massive could easily kill a human with those massive antlers. We fully expected the bull to rough up the paint on the side of that minivan. The driver was fortunate he was not that angry.
Every fall, scenes like this play out in the National Parks of both the U.S. and Canada. More than one tourist has had to explain to a car rental agency why there are punctures in the side of a car from a bull getting a little too riled up.
As a result of too many incidents, most National Parks recommend 25-50 yards of minimal distance between yourself and the animal. Just because that big lumbering beast looks friendly and is not running away does not mean it is not a wild animal willing to defend itself if necessary. Fortunately, this incident ended with both human and elk unscathed