Everyone knows that elk are beautiful and majestic animals, but perhaps it's their magnificence that leads so many tourists to foolishly let their guards down around these massive animals. Many tourists seemingly treat them like big cows or horses, when in reality, these are wild, dangerous animals that have no problem hurting a human that gets too close. It's never a good idea to creep on an elk, and simply stupid to try and corner one, especially when they're rutting, as they're all jacked up on testosterone and fixated on finding some cows to love on. If you see antlers, it likely means you're at the time of year when they'll react to almost anything that irritates them. In the following clip, we see a tourist who finds himself on the wrong end of this very scenario.
It's probably safe to say that tourist stood outside of his car just a little too long, as that bull wasted no time making a beeline straight toward him in a fit of rage. And, make no mistake, an animal of that size with antlers like that could kill a human without much trouble. We fully expected the bull to rough up the paint on the side of that minivan, but the driver was fortunate he didn't catch one of those points.
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.
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