Watch: Elk not shown proper respect, knocks man over wall

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A man who walked within feet of a bull elk as the animal stood guard over its harem was toppled by the animal in a scary incident captured on video.

The accompanying footage, captured by Eric Burley in the northern Colorado town of Estes Park, shows the elk flipping the man head over heels after a series of warnings issued by Burley.

Burley, who lives in Denver, said the man was not seriously injured. The footage shows passersby helping him to his feet, placing themselves in danger.

Burley said he and his wife visited the elk herds gathered in Estes Park on Oct. 31. The scene was “peaceful” until another bull elk approached the alpha elk defending his harem.

Burley knew it was time to give the animals a wide berth, but many tourists ignored the warning signs and remained in close proximity.

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“The two male elks made eye contact and started showing teeth,” Burley told FTW Outdoors. “That’s when I knew to clear a path between the two and let mother nature take its course.

“However the person thought it would be wise to walk right in front of one of the male elks. This person also didn’t listen to my commands to watch out and that’s when the person got attacked.”

Viewers can hear Burley’s warnings at 1:18. “Sir, watch out, watch out!” he says, as the man seems intent on walking directly past the elk. The man is knocked over the wall, onto his head and shoulders, at 1:40.

“The person seemed fine, thankfully, but the message here is to respect the space of wildlife and to use common sense,” said Burley, who also put his video to music on TikTok.