While most folks think the male elk – with their huge pointy racks – are dangerous, the females are not viewed the same way. However, I recently saw a video of an elk doe chasing a tourist who got too close. Fortunately, he was able to get out of her way by dodging behind obstacles. In 2009, just up the valley a short ways from where this photo was taken, we watched a female elk chasing a male mule deer. The people in this picture are just too close as this doe starts to cross the road.
Moraine Park, Rocky Mountains National Park September 12, 2011.
The photo was used in the following video, which can also be viewed on YouTube.