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Nevada woman attacked by elk in Yellowstone National Park

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MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY. -

A Las Vegas, Nevada woman was attacked by a cow elk behind the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Sunday. 

According to Yellowstone National Park Public Affairs, Charlene Triplett, 51, was kicked multiple times by the cow elk in the head, torso, and back. 

The elk was reportedly protecting a calf that was bedded down about 20 feet away. YNP does not know if Triplett saw the elk before the attack.

Triplett was flown to the trauma center at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center with severe injuries. 

Charlene Triplett is an employee at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and was off-duty at the time. 

YNP said rangers remained in the area to warn others about the elk and calf. No citation was issued. 

The park reminds visitors to use caution around elk, especially during calving season. They say to always remain at least 25 yards away from elk. 


Update:

KULR-8 spoke to Bob Gibson with Fish, Wildlife, and Parks who said it is never a good time to be in the same space as wildlife.

Gibson said around this time of year, some species of wildlife can be more protective of their young. He said bear spray does work on any kind of animal, even elk, but he said you don't normally use the spray on elk because they don't actively attack like a bear or mountain lion would. He also said if anyone gets in a wild animal's space and the animal doesn't have an escape route, it may try to fight its way to safety.

Gibson said there is some caution people have to consider if this occurs.

"The other danger there is even if an animal doesn't choose to protect its young by fighting with somebody that is near its young, that animal may run," Gibson said. "That's particularly our deer, elk, and antelope. They may just run off. They'll say, 'You know what? I'm going to protect myself. The little one can take care of itself for a few minutes' and they get separated."

Gibson said if you happen to come across wildlife anywhere, you need to give them some space, get out of their way, and leave their little ones alone.

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