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Video shows bugling elk approach shoppers in Colorado
You may seem some strange things at your local mall, but you certainly don't expect to come face-to-face with a bugling elk. Shoppers in Colorado experienced such an event recently, and the video footage has to be seen to be believed. - photo by Grant Olsen
ESTES PARK, Colorado As temperatures cool and the holiday season approaches, its not unusual for shopping malls to get more crowded. One thing you dont expect to see, however, is a massive bull elk checking out the local stores.

Just such a scene unfolded in Colorado earlier this month and the resulting footage was shared on Facebook. The video, posted by a user named John Burns, shows a bull elk casually escorting a group of females through a strip mall.

According to reports, the bizarre incident occurred in Estes Park, a town in northern Colorado that gets lots of wildlife visitors due to its proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park. In fact, elk are such a fixture in the area that the town hosts an annual Elk Fest.

But even longtime residents mustve been amused as the bull strutted past a home interiors store and then turned to stare directly at stunned shoppers. The bull then cruised past a diner, letting out a loud bugle for his female friends.

While this video shows the entertaining side of elk encounters, they can easily turn dangerous. Last year, a tourist in Estes Park was gored by a bull after getting recklessly close to the animal.

The incident served as a reminder that while elk may appear docile, they should never be approached.

"We've had incidents, honestly, where people have tried to put their kids on elks backs to take pictures, pet them, selfies very dangerous things to do," said Eric Rose of the Estes Park Police Department.
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