Video Shows Tourist Way Too Close to Massive Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park

Written by Henrik Rothen

Dec.26 - 2023 9:52 AM CET

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Video Shows Tourist Way Too Close to Massive Elk.

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A recent video from Rocky Mountain National Park has sparked concern over tourists' interactions with wildlife.

The footage, shared by Tourons of Yellowstone (@touronsofyellowstone), captures a woman, labeled a "touron" (a blend of 'tourist' and 'moron'), approaching a massive elk in a field.

The woman, seemingly oblivious to the danger, poses for a photo near the wild bull before thankfully retreating without provoking an attack.

The Risks of Wildlife Interaction

Elk bulls, which can weigh over 1,000 pounds, become more aggressive during mating season.

The National Park Service advises visitors to maintain a distance of at least 75 feet from these animals.

Despite clear guidelines, some tourists continue to risk close encounters for the sake of social media, often sneaking up on animals like bison or bears.

It should be quite logical by now that one must keep a distance from bison, but tourists still repeatedly get too close. Below, you can see several examples of this.