'Sir, Watch Out': Video Shows Elk Charging Man In Town Center

A man was knocked to the ground after an elk charged him as he walked through a town center in northern Colorado.

Eric Burley captured the moment on video and posted it to his TikTok and Facebook pages where he is known as DelvisPrime. He is heard warning the man of the elk.

The video panned over to show people watching some of the elk that were in Estes Park. One elk with a large set of antlers was close and began walking out toward a path as Kreepa's song "Oh No" played in the background.

"Oh watch out sir. Sir, watch out," Burley said.

It is unclear if the man who walked through the area ignored the warning or if he couldn't hear Burley. As he passed the large animal, the elk bowed his head and began charging the man.


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The man stumbled off to the side and over a barrier as bystanders gasped. A few people helped him to his feet as the elk stood in the same position without moving. Burley told Newsweek the man "seemed OK" and he didn't seek medical attention.

Burley explained that elk are seen throughout Estes Park at this point of the year.

Elk Grazing Estes Park
A photo of an elk grazing in Estes Park in Colorado. An elk was captured on camera charging a man who was walking through the area. Photo Courtesy Eric Burley

"That is their home and we are just visitors," he said, noting that another gentleman tried to get closer to the same bull elk that charged the man to get a picture, but he was chased away.

Burley said two male elk were challenging each other and about 30 female elk were nearby.

According to Colorado Encyclopedia, the beginning of the rut season begins in late September. At this point of the year, male elk begin competing with other males for a female elk. They fight with their antlers and make a loud wail-like bugling sound.

"Contrary to popular belief, bugling is neither a challenge nor a threat," Colorado Encyclopedia writes. "It is partly a release of tension built up during the bull's seasonal changes; the shoulders and neck swell with the rut, and antlers sharpen."

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Public Information Officer Bridget O'Rourke told Newsweek that it is important for people to watch wild animals from a distance with binoculars, a camera with a telephoto lens or a spotting scope.

"If the animal reacts to you or your dog, you are definitely too close," she said.

O'Rourke said humans and wildlife can typically coexist safely, but it is vital to "respect the wildness of wildlife."

"'Wildlife' is just that—wild," she said. "Most dangerous and potentially harmful encounters occur because people fail to leave the animals alone or get too close."

O'Rourke pointed out that it is illegal to harass or feed deer, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, pronghorn, moose and elk in Colorado.

This is not the only time that a human was charged by an elk.

Newsweek reported in early October, a Colorado man was gored in the back by an elk while out golfing, but he was conscious and breathing when the fire department responded to the incident.

Elk Grazing Estes Park
A group of elk pictured in Colorado's Estes Park. A viral social media video showed a man in Colorado taken down by an elk. Photo Courtesy Eric Burley