The terrifying moment that an elk ran through Colorado’s park and launched its antlers at an unwary bystander after it was told to stop, footage captured.
Eric Burley was in Estes Park, Colorado, on Sunday when he witnessed the peaceful gathering of an elk herd inside Bond Park. The bull elk then approached the alpha, which was protecting his harem. USA Today reports.
Burley was on a trip from Denver and said that he was aware that this was the signal to stop.
Burley caught the moment when he told a Navy Blue puffer man walking casually dangerously near a roaming Elk, “Sir!
Instantly, the elk flipped him over a wall and caused him to fall on his shoulders.
Bond Park (pictured), located in Estes Park in northern Colorado, was the scene of Sunday’s attack.
Burley shared this with FTW Outdoors: ‘The male elks made eye contact, and began to show their teeth.’ That’s when Burley said, ‘That was the moment I knew how to create a bridge between them both and allow mother nature to take its course.
Other tourists were not aware of this warning, and one person even refused to follow Burley’s instructions to leave the area.
Burley captured the moment he tells a man in a Navy Blue puffer casually walking dangerously close a roaming elk ‘Sir, watch out, watch out!’
Thankfully the man was not injured in the attack, Burley said, footage shows him getting up quickly and motioning to those around him that he was okay
One Colorado park was home to a large elk that roamed freely before flipping a witness over when he became too close.
The elk rammed into him with its antlers and instantly turned him over. He landed on his shoulders, head, and neck before passersby quickly assisted him up.
Burley explained that the individual thought it would be smart to go right in front one of the male Elks. “This individual also failed to listen to me and was attacked.”
Burley stated that the victim was uninjured in the attack. He said footage of the attacker showing him quickly getting up and signaling to others around him that everything was fine.
Burley shared that while the person appeared fine, thankfully. However, the message was to be respectful of the wildlife’s space and use commonsense, Burley said to FTW Outdoors.