Don’t put them in harms way and teach them to enjoy these animals safely. Nobody wants to see a kid get run over by a massive bull elk.
Elk are one of the largest member of the deer family with bulls weighing up to 1,000 pounds. Estes Park, Colorado, is home to a large population of elk, and quite well known for its elk encounters in everyday life. On golf courses, in parks, walking down the street, in someone’s front yard… elk aren’t hard to find there at all.
They are a favorite by visitors to stop and get pictures of.
Bull elk sport massive antlers the grow and shed annually. They can grow up to 6 feet in length and weigh 40 pounds. These weapons are used for the rut, when they show who is the biggest and baddest male, and subsequently get their choice of cows. These antlers are also used for defense and can injure people quickly.
While elk are typically peaceful creatures, they can get mad if they feel threatened, trapped or annoyed. Staying a safe distance is always important.
This kid is seen within a few feet of a bull elk that is up against a wall as she takes pictures of it.
If that bull moves, it has to run over the young girl… cornering a large animal, and sometimes even a small one, is never a good idea.
Of course, the responsibility to educate curious children falls on the parents and/or guardians in this situation.