Elk are beautiful animals, but they can also be dangerous. That’s what a woman from Pine Lake learned the hard way when she was attacked by an elk in her backyard. She died eight days later from her injuries.
This is the first time someone has died from an elk attack in Arizona, according to the Arizona Department of Game & Fish. They said there have been only five elk attacks in the state in the last five years.
The attack happened on Oct. 26, when the woman was alone at her home in the Hualapai Mountains, about 15 miles southeast of Kingman. Her husband was in town and came back around 6 p.m. He found his wife on the ground with wounds that looked like an elk had stomped on her. He also saw a bucket of corn that had been knocked over nearby. No one saw what happened.
He called 911, and his wife was taken to the hospital in Kingman and then to another hospital in Las Vegas. Her husband said she was in a coma because of how bad her injuries were.
An officer from the Arizona Game and Fish Department went to the woman’s home and saw elk tracks in the yard. He also warned the neighbors not to get close to or feed the elk, and left signs on their doors and on the road.
On Nov. 3, the police in Kingman told the Arizona Game and Fish Department that the woman had died. The officers went back to Pine Lake that night and left more warning signs for the people who live there.
Elk are wild animals that can weigh up to 1,000 pounds and have sharp antlers. They can be aggressive if they feel threatened or if they are protecting their young. They can also get used to people if they are fed or approached too often, and lose their fear of humans. This can make them more likely to attack.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department advises people to keep a safe distance from elk and other wildlife, and never feed them or try to touch them. If you see an elk that is acting strangely or aggressively, call 911 or the Arizona Game and Fish Department at (623) 236-7201.