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Elk charges too-close tourist at Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park rangers bar traffic in September 2013 on a street in the Mammoth area to keep visitors away from a bull elk that had been ramming vehicles with its antlers. This week, a woman looking to take a picture of an elk during a visit to Yellowstone National Park got a lot closer than she expected when it charged at her. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Yellowstone National Park rangers bar traffic in September 2013 on a street in the Mammoth area to keep visitors away from a bull elk that had been ramming vehicles with its antlers. This week, a woman looking to take a picture of an elk during a visit to Yellowstone National Park got a lot closer than she expected when it charged at her. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
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A woman looking to take a picture of an elk during a visit to Yellowstone National Park got a lot closer than she expected when it charged at her.

Video posted on Facebook by tour guide Jody Tibbitts captures audio of him trying to warn the woman to back away before the elk rushes at her. The elk ended up stopping short and backing away.

A National Park Service spokesman told ABC News those looking to get close-up photos of animals can endanger themselves and wildlife.

The park service says visitors should stay at least 100 yards from bears and wolves and at least 25 yards from all other wildlife.

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