A dog, a dog owner, and a grazing elk experienced a unique moment together.
By unique we mean a great reminder to not let your pets near wildlife. While elk and other wild animals can be astoundingly cute, they are also still wild animals. Be cautious whenever you have to approach a wild animal. However, it’s best to just avoid it in general.
The situation happened near Cannon Beach in Oregon. A dog-walker got too close to the grazing elk. Suddenly, the elk began to move toward the owner and dog.
However, it paused, contemplated its life choices, and instead went back to grazing. The incident could have gone very differently for the dog owner and pet. It appears the elk were grazing in a pretty public area. A street, a sidewalk, and other nearby people are all in the video.
The video came from KATU, an Idaho News station and can be viewed here.
Oregon Hunter Banned from Crater Lake National Park
In other elk-related news, a man has now been banned from Crater Lake National Park after illegally killing a bull elk back in 2014.
According to New York Post, the man pleaded guilty on Feb. 5 and will now serve three years of probation and $42,500 in restitution. It is illegal to hunt in this national park. In addition to the elk, the man also killed 12 deer, a black bear, and at least 12 other elk.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was searching for the person responsible for years. They received text messages he sent to his wife that say he was searching for the bleeding elk he shot. Court records suggest he boasted to a friend, “pretty good at finding elk around. I’ve killed 24 and get one every year.”
According to the U.S. Department of the Interior site, there are 75 areas managed by the National Park Service that permit hunting. It represents about 60% of the total acreage that the National Park Service looks over.
National Geographic said there is another area that is particularly strict when it comes to hunting. That is in Skamania County, Washington, also known as Bigfoot refuge. A 1984 law says that killing the creature can get you a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
While Bigfoot is not real (I know, it’s sad) it remains on the defense fund list to help recognize “larger commonalities.” The rule, while in good fun, exists to help people recognize the importance and role of our wildlife.