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Second Person Injured By Yellowstone Elk In Accidental Encounter

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avatar Person Seriously Injured By Elk in Yellowstone National Park
June 07, 2018 10:30AM
Charlene Triplett, age 51, from Las Vegas, Nevada, was attacked by a cow elk behind the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel on Sunday, June 3. The elk was protecting a calf bedded down roughly 20 feet away and hidden by other cars. It’s not known if Ms. Triplett saw the calf or the elk prior to the encounter. The elk reportedly reared up and kicked Ms. Triplett multiple times with its front legs, hitting her head, torso, and back.

Due to the severity of her injuries, Ms. Triplett was flown to the trauma center at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. At the time of the incident Ms. Triplett was off-duty. She is an employee at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel.Rangers remained in the area to warn others about the elk and calf. No citation was issued.

Use caution around elk, especially during calving season: always remain at least 25 yards (23 meters) away from these animals.
avatar Second Person Injured By Yellowstone Elk In Accidental Encounter
June 07, 2018 10:50AM
Penny Allyson Behr, age 53, from Cypress, Texas was attacked by a cow elk in an accidental encounter behind the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel on the morning of Tuesday, June 5. Ms. Behr was walking between two cabins when she was surprised by an elk bedded along the cabin wall with a calf nearby. She attempted to back away but the elk pursued and struck her with its legs in the head and torso. Ms. Behr was taken by ambulance to Livingston Memorial Hospital.

It’s very common for cow elk to aggressively defend newborn calves and hide them near buildings and cars. Be extra cautious anywhere elk and calves are present: approach blind corners slowly and maintain a safe distance (at least 25 yards).

It’s not known if this was the same elk involved in the incident on June 3. Rangers hazed the elk away from the cabins and continue to monitor the area. No citation was issued.
Re: Second Person Injured By Yellowstone Elk In Accidental Encounter
June 09, 2018 02:12PM
Then a women was gored by a bison when a crowd got to close and agitated the bison. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/woman-gored-in-bison-attack-in-yellowstone-national-park/
Gosh, when will people learn not to get too close to wild animals?
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