managing ELK ENCOUNTERS
Elk can be dangerous
If the animal is responding to your presence, you are too close.
Give elk plenty of room. Keep at a distance of at least 30 metres (or 3 school bus lengths).
Do not approach elk or their calves.
Make noise. Elk can endanger themselves or humans by suddenly running into traffic or fences if spooked.
Female elk can be especially aggressive during the May-June calving season.
Male elk can be especially aggressive during the September-October breeding season.
HANDLING AN ATTACK
If you are charged by an elk, position yourself behind a solid structure such as a tree or car. Because of their long legs, elk have difficulty making tight turns to get around these objects.
If you have bear spray, consider using it.