Why Do Colorado Tourist Insist on Chilling with the Wildlife?
THESE ARE WILD ANIMALS. They will severely injure you and/or quite possibly kill you if you don't respect them, give them space. When I see things like this, it just makes me shake my head and honestly drives me crazy.
Fox 31 got a video from a visitor at Rocky Mountain National Park of several people just hanging out on top of a hill with a couple of bull elks practically in their faces getting pictures.
Baaaaaaad idea. Is it me or is the person in the black hoodie and jeans leaning down for a kiss?
I say it's a bad idea. These animals are huge and while they look like they're just chill and relaxed if frightened or angered, it probably wouldn't be pretty charging at you. Thankfully and luckily for these individuals, that didn't happen because as you can see in this video, when a bull elk gets scared and/or angry...it ain't pretty.
Approaching wildlife is not only extremely dangerous, but it's also illegal inside the park. In fact, any activity within 25 yards of wildlife is prohibited inside the park. Penalties for those who are reported could include a fine or even jail time.
This is for the protection of the animals and YOU.
This is true for any wild animal, they're wild for a reason. We are guests in THEIR habitat and need to respect that and sometimes, even when we do respect that, things can take a turn for the worse.
Just this past year, a man was charged while on a golf course in a golf cart and ended up with his kidney sliced in half.