Bull Elk vs. Cell Phone Photographer

A bull elk threatens a guy with a cell phone. Video capture by Jerry Neal/CPW.
A would-be photographer gets too close to a bull elk. Video capture by Jerry Neal/CPW.

A crowded baseball field, rutting elk and a guy with a cell phone camera. What could possibly go wrong?

Thankfully, in this particular instance near Evergreen, no one got hurt. But this huge herd bull nearly charged his unwanted paparazzi, and this wannabe wildlife photographer’s close-up turned into a close call.

With the largest elk population in the world, it can be easy to forget that Colorado’s elk are wild animals that deserve respect. Elk are always highly unpredictable, but bulls can become especially aggressive during mating season. Unless you’re an archery hunter whose primary goal is to get up close and personal with these animals, enjoy elk and other wildlife from a safe distance. Don’t be this guy!

For tips that will keep you safe on your next outdoor adventure, please read Always Photograph Wildlife From a Safe Distance.


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