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Second Person Injured By Elk In Accidental Encounter

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Date: June 5, 2018
Contact: Morgan Warthin, (307) 344-2015

  • Penny Allyson Behr, age 53, from Cypress, Texas was attacked by a cow elk in an accidental encounter behind the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel on the morning of Tuesday, June 5.
  • Ms. Behr was walking between two cabins when she was surprised by an elk bedded along the cabin wall with a calf nearby. She attempted to back away but the elk pursued and struck her with its legs in the head and torso.
  • Ms. Behr was taken by ambulance to Livingston Memorial Hospital.
  • It’s very common for cow elk to aggressively defend newborn calves and hide them near buildings and cars. Be extra cautious anywhere elk and calves are present: approach blind corners slowly and maintain a safe distance (at least 25 yards).
  • It’s not known if this was the same elk involved in the incident on June 3.
  • Rangers hazed the elk away from the cabins and continue to monitor the area. No citation was issued.

Last updated: June 5, 2018

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