Canada is known for having some pretty majestic animals roaming the country. Although it's always an enchanting experience to witness one of these creatures in person, you can make the moment even better by choosing to remain in your car.
TL;DR A Parks Canada vehicle was impaled by two rutting elk yesterday afternoon. Rutting season lasts from September 1-October 15, during this time elk become increasingly aggressive and are more likely to be seen in open spaces.
Parks Canada constantly sends out reminders to the public to be cautious of wild animals. Especially during this time of year, known as "rutting" season for elk, moose, and deer. The once peaceful animals will attack at any given opportunity.
Ironically, the most recent target happens to be a Parks Canada vehicle. Yesterday afternoon the twitter account shared from a photo from Jasper National Park of the government truck literally impaled with four holes. The culprit? Two rutting elk.
Rutting season for elk lasts from September 1 though about October 15, so it's pretty obvious the Parks Canada worker was in the wrong place at the worst possible time. Across central and western Canada elk are pretty abundant in numbers and tend to travel to more open areas during the rutting period.
So while the season continues, your chances of spotting one of these beautiful, albeit dangerous, animals are much higher (depending on what province you're in).
Some quick pointers the official government website offers on elk encounters are:
- Stay at least 30 meters away when observing an elk
- During rutting season, never park your car between male and female elk as you're just putting yourself in a position to be attacked
- You're better off walking on open roads rather than forest trails to avoid aggressive male elk
- Travel in groups and carry a walking stick or an umbrella with you
Luckily no one was injured during the elk attack on the Parks Canada vehicle, but it may just be the perfect reminder to tourists and animal enthusiasts that things can get ugly pretty fast.