Bull Elk Suffers Fatal Fall Down Slick Waterfall, Lands Right At Hunter’s Feet

Elk falls down waterfall in New Zealand
The Weekend Mish

Don’t go chasing waterfalls.

I’m not exactly sure what that means, but it seems like solid advice. Plus, it comes from the same band that brought us the legendary jam “No Scrubs,” and if there has been better advice brought forth via song, I don’t think I’ve heard it.

However for this elk, perhaps the song should read a little more like, “don’t go tumbling to your death down massive waterfalls.”

This particular elk should have stuck to the rivers and lakes that it was used too, but instead it tried to cross a slippery precipice coated in fast moving water and it wound up tumbling to its demise.

A hunter was able to capture the whole ordeal on video while out hunting in the back country of New Zealand.

The footage opens with a bull elk successfully navigating his way across the waterfall as the hunter makes some noise to imitate another bull ready to spare over potential mates, the deer equivalent of hanging out the passengers side of your best friends ride and trying to holler at a shawty.

Despite a few slips, falls, bumps, and bruises, the first elk appears to be in good health. Unfortunately the second wapiti that comes flying into the picture while accidentally cascading down the waterfall did not survive the tumble.

Now you might be asking yourself, how the hell did those elk get to the South Pacific anyways? Well Teddy Roosevelt sent them there, that’s how.

Of all the species of deer in New Zealand, none is more revered than the mighty elk. Commonly referred to as wapiti, the Native American term for the species, elk from the Jackson Hole Elk Refuge in Wyoming were gifted to the Kiwis by President Roosevelt in 1905 and they’ve been present in the Land of The Long White Cloud ever since.

They remain at the top of many New Zealand hunters bucket lists. However, hybridization and competition with red deer have created challenges for managing the species into the future.

While pretty horrifying this video also serves as a reminder that nature is BRUTAL.

Hunters, starvation, predators, disease… even a misstep down a damn waterfall, survival is HARD in the wild.

Here’s the explanation from the man who captured the video:

Grizzly Stalks Mountain Goats At Glacier National Park

Talk about a wild hike.

Everyone hopes to see some nice views, maybe an animal encounter of sorts from afar, but a  big ol’ grizzly barreling down the trail right at you? Not what you signed up for…

What if it decides you’re gonna be its dinner instead? I mean, honestly, the mountain goats have a MUCH better chance at getting away.

This is just amazing though.

The video, from Glacier National in Montana, starts showing some goats running on the trail with more people in the distance on the other side of them. One of the goats is coming right for the man filming.

Then out of nowhere comes a hungry grizzly trying to catch itself some lunch. Needless to say, this explains why the goats we’re running like something was chasing them.

Now the man filming is panicked too.

As the camera views shakes around in the panic heavy breathing is heard as the grizzly runs on by, ignoring the hikers to the chase the goats.

A little bit more an adrenaline rush than they bargained for, eh?

The video steadies out as the bear continues to chase the goats that are now in the distance.

The clip is amazing, the background is picture perfect and it showcases just how quick and amazing both mountain goats and grizzly bears are.

The goats are out here living on mountain side being chased by grizzlies. The grizzlies out here chasing around goats that lives on mountain sides to survive. It’s a pretty crazy world out there.

And it’s great that these national parks have such an abundance of wildlife and tourists to capture these crazy moments.

“While hiking the Hidden Lake Overlook Trail in Glacier National Park, I watched a grizzly bear charge after mountain goats.

The bear and goats came right onto the well-traveled trail, frightening the hikers who were a few feet from the action.

The bear and the goats eventually left the trail and headed down the mountain.”

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