elk attack

Yellowstone Elk Knocks Man to Ground

Sooner or later people are going to learn to keep a safer distance from wildlife at Yellowstone.

Yellowstone National Park features some of the country's most incredible wildlife and allows people to experience it for themselves.

However, for some reason, people seemingly can't help themselves, as they continuously get too close.

There have been countless reported incidents in the recent years, and most of them involve elk and bison. So, the following clip of an elk attack should surprise no one.

In video footage captured by a man named Boyce Schall, we see what looks like a pair of rutting bull elk that have garnered the attention of a crowd of people in Mammoth, Wyoming. At first it seems like the bull might be making its way over to a group of cows, but then it takes off into the crowd, knocking a man to the ground.

So if you haven't already, take a lesson from this guy's mistake and keep your distance if you ever go to Yellowstone!

Watch the video below:

To be fair, it wasn't only one man's mistake; he just happened to draw the short straw. This could've happened to anyone in that crowd.

During mating seasons, animals can get very territorial, prompting them to get especially aggressive.

"Here in the Mammoth area there are three very large bull elk," park spokesperson Morgan Warthin told KRTV. "The elk rut is dangerous to visitors who are not aware of elk behavior. It's erratic behavior that visitors should be aware of."

Park officials say to stay at least 75 feet away, but that's a bare minimum, especially during the rut.

This isn't the first time something like this has happened, and it certainly won't be the last.