Elk Attacks Payson Woman

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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.


groovy mike's picture

This sounds like a good reminder to me.

This sounds like a good reminder to me.  As we have said on this site many times in the past – wild animals are dangerous.  There are no witnesses to confirm that Mrs. Limebeer did anything wrong but ommon sense no longer seems to be common.  People want to get close to these large, wild animals. The elk is an animal who will not react as a human would if it feels threatened.  People who actually know what they are doing around lareg animals get killed by domestic cattle and horses on a regular basis.  Large animals are dangerous – period.  It IS an amazing experience to see these magnificent animals especially up close – but the bottom line is that they can kill you and it is your fault if you get too close.   I hope Mrs. Limebeer has a speedy recovery and that the elk returns to less crowded areas with no similar encounters ahead.  But lets all be careful out there folks.  Don’t get killed needlessly trying to pet Bambi.