Angry Elk Tramples Woman

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 9:10am

Victim in serious condition after trampling outside of her apartment complex.

A Colorado woman is in serious condition at the hospital after she was trampled by an elk outside of her Estes Park apartment complex.

Investigators say there's no indication that the 60-year-old woman did anything to provoke the elk.

The elk was, however, with her calf, and this is the time of year when they can be aggressive.

The elk trampling happened at the Trailridge Apartments shortly after 3 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.

60-year-old Robin Pattishall lives in the apartment building just west of the Estes Park Golf Course.

Pattishall was immediately taken to Estes Park Medical Center, and then she was flown to the Medical Center for the Rockies in Loveland where she's listed in serious condition.

Her neighbor, Teresa Binstock saw the attack unfold from her window. She grabbed her bear spray but by the time she got outside the elk had already started to retreat.

She says the cow elk was pounding her hooves on Pattishall's back.

"I looked out and saw my friend and neighbor Robin on the ground with the Elk over her punching downwards. My thoughts and prayers for the recovery of Robin, I'm thankful because she sometimes tends one of her little granddaughters so it could have been much more serious," Binstock said.

A half dozen elk were still roaming around the area Tuesday evening.

This is the calving season for elk, so they are very protective of their offspring right now.

The season ends at the end of June.

Until then, Estes Park Police Chief Wes Kufeld is urging residents and visitors to stay away from any elk, especially those with their young.

"It's rare that we see this type of attack, the elk will challenge people, but it's rare that we see someone who actually gets physically harmed by an elk," Kufeld said.

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