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Video: Yellowstone visitor gets a little too close to elk

Video: Yellowstone visitor gets a little too close to elk

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An elk bugles outside of Gardiner near Yellowstone National Park in February 2011.

BILLINGS - Just a reminder: When visiting Yellowstone National Park, stay at least 25 yards away from the elk.

One visitor recently learned why.

Jody Tibbets posted this video to Facebook of a woman who was standing a little too close.

The incident is the latest of many already this spring in the park. 


A group of Canadian men walked onto the Grand Prismatic Spring. Another visitor put a bison calf in his car because he thought the animal was cold. The bison had to be euthanized. Then there was this woman, who tried to pet a bison.

This information on staying safe in Yellowstone apparently bears repeating:

  • Do not approach wildlife, no matter how tame or calm they appear.
  • Stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves and at least 25 yards away from all other large animals — bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose and coyotes.
  • Do not feed any animals.
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