YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – The second visitor in three days was hurt in an accidental encounter with a cow elk Tuesday at Yellowstone National Park.
Penny Allyson Behr, 53 from Cypress, Texas was as attacked by a cow elk in an accidental encounter behind the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel on Tuesday morning,
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.
Behr was taken by ambulance to Livingston Memorial Hospital.
Park officials not that it’s very common for cow elk to aggressively defend newborn calves and hide them near buildings and cars. Visitors are advised to be extra cautious anywhere elk and calves are present.
It’s not known if this was the same elk involved in the incident on June 3.