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Aggressive elk hurting people

In this photo taken Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, a driver pulls over to take photos of a bull elk standing in a field near Pacific Drive in Warrenton, Ore. Law enforcement and wildlife officials have responded to multiple reports of the aggressive elk in the past few weeks and worry that people who are feeding or taking pictures of the animals are in danger. (Joshua Bessex/Daily Astorian via AP)
In this photo taken Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, a driver pulls over to take photos of a bull elk standing in a field near Pacific Drive in Warrenton, Ore. Law enforcement and wildlife officials have responded to multiple reports of the aggressive elk in the past few weeks and worry that people who are feeding or taking pictures of the animals are in danger. (Joshua Bessex/Daily Astorian via AP)

ASTORIA, Ore. -- Elk are usually more aggressive in the fall when searching for a mate. But what is surprising this year is that more elk are turning that aggression toward people, which has led to injuries and property damage. Law enforcement and wildlife officials have responded to multiple reports of aggressive elk in the past few weeks and worry that people who are feeding or taking pictures of the animals are in danger. "This year, it is odd they actually made contact with humans and caused some injuries," Warrenton Police Chief Matt Workman said. "Every year, we get reports of aggressive elk because it's that time of the year. This is the first time I remember them making contact with humans"/Statesman Journal. More here.

Question: Why are people so stupid when it comes to getting close to big, wild animals?



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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