Stressed bull moose attacks pesky tourist in Colorado

Estes Park, Colo. – A stressed bull moose with large antlers was seen running towards a man photographing the animal in Colorado.

The event took place on September 24 during the moose busting season in Estes Park. Megan Foster recorded a video showing the moose walking towards a group of tourists before sitting in front of a man who, she said, had made a noise to get a response from the animal.

“We tried to get away from him because we knew he was going to make one of them mad enough to hurt somebody,” Foster said. “What you don’t see in the video are six other bulls that (the moose bull) also tried to keep away from his herd. He was very stressed; he was drooling and peeing everywhere and trying to mark its territory.”

The man seen in the video is fine, according to Foster.

“I couldn’t see it anymore; it was very sad to see this animal go through this,” she said. “When we left, a ranger was walking around the area and I went and told him. I don’t know what happened after that.”

'Stressed' Bull Elk Attacks Man in Estes Park, Colorado.
The man in the video was not injured in the charge.
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Elk are commonly seen in the Centennial State, and officials with them Colorado Parks and Wildlife believes there are somewhere north of 280,000 of the mammals roaming the state.

Moose use a lot of theirs time at or above the tree line during the summer, moving to lower elevations in the fall, winter and spring, according to Rocky Mountain National Park said. They can be seen at any time, but a popular viewing period is the fall or mating season.

'Stressed' Bull Elk Attacks Man in Estes Park, Colorado.
The bull elk was reportedly trying to “mark his territory.”
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The top of the elk breast in Rocky Mountain National Park generally holds from mid-September to mid-October, although it is often possible to hear elk meandering into November.

And when you see wildlife in the park, you should stay at least 75 feet, or two bus lengths away, according to park officials. For more dangerous animals such as black bears, elk and mountain lions, a distance of at least 120 feet or three bus lengths should be provided.

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