Elk Attacks Payson Woman
Lori Limebeer of Payson, Arizona, was up early watering her garden Sunday, with an elk about 30 yards from her. The lone female elk attacked Lori in a matter of seconds. The elk charged, knocked her over and started kicking her. Her husband Jeff Limebeer was laying in bed, when he heard screaming coming from the front of the house. When he got there the elk was still kicking his wife. Jeff grabbed his unconscious wife with one hand and the dog with the other and dragged them inside.
The elk who was fearless stayed there which angered Jeff, he grabbed his CO2 gun and shot the elk in the rump so it would run off. Officials think that someone in the neighborhood must have been feeding the elk. Elk will become aggressive when they are expecting food from humans and do not get it. One Star Valley man last week was chased into his house after he ran out of food while feeding elk.
Lori was unconscious and when she awoke could not remember what had happened. She was treated at the hospital and released, a CT scan showed no brain injury from the blow to the head. Arizona Game and Fish Wildlife officials are tracking the elk, and took a shot at her, but lost her into the woods. “We spent a long time looking for it yesterday, but honestly if we found it today, there’s no way to tell if it’s the right elk. There’s elk all over that country. But if one shows up in the neighborhood and its aggressive and hanging around and not scared of people, then we’ll go and make a decision. ”Arizona Game and Fish Wildlife Manager Dave Daniels said. Another reminder that wild animals should be left alone, not fed, so that they can remain wild and fear humans. From The Payson Roundup.