Elk Attacks Tents and Cars
Hoh Rain Forest in Washington was closed Friday after a large cow elk damaged tents and patrol cars. The elk was monitored the rest of the weekend for aggressive behavior. Then on Monday the elk attacked two cars and it was determined for safety that the elk should be removed. National Park Rangers shot the cow elk with two rifle shots to the heart. Tissue samples from the brain and body were taken to a lab for analysis. Researchers will try to determine if there was something that was making the elk act aggressively.
Rangers said elk who become too comfortable in the presence of humans pose a danger both to itself and to humans. Park visitors are urged to stay at least 50 yards away from the animals. From KOMONews.com.