A Large Bull Moose Walking Through Wetlands

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Zac Bornhoft sat down with 9News in a recent interview to talk about the wild day a bull elk attacked him on a golf course in Colorado, ripping his kidney into multiple pieces. 

The attack happened at the Evergreen Golf Course located about 30 miles from Denver. Bornhoft was finishing up a round of golf with his friends when the angry bull suddenly charged at him.

"There wasn't really a simple way out," Bornhoft recalled. "He came directly at us and that's when he stuck me in my right side and then came into where my kidney would have been."

"Be alert of the many elk present on the golf course at this time of year," the golf course warned in a recent Facebook post. "Right now, while the fall rut or mating season is going on, the elk tend to be more aggressive. Proceed with caution."

Elk are large wild animals. According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, a mature bull weighs between 660 and 780 pounds. Their antlers are solid bone weighing up to about 40 pounds.

"There's a lot of things I can't do but the one thing I can do is breath and I'm happy about that," Bornhoft added.

Bull elk are especially aggressive during the rut season from September to mid-October. Never try to approach an elk. Be sure to give them plenty of space and always be aware of your surroundings. Elk are wild animals, known to charge people and cars who move in too close. 

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.


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This lying tu rd and his friends were drunk according to the starter they harassed a bull elk and got what they deserved.

Out there needs to do a little more research.

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