ESTES PARK, Colo. (CBS4) – A rutting elk charged a woman in Estes Park on Thursday. It happened during the day near the Colorado tourist town’s visitor center as people got dangerously close to the elk.

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The situation was caught on camera by a couple from Oklahoma. The video shows people suddenly running from the aggressive animal and a man tripping and falling down. The woman who was charged got knocked over and the elk appears to make contact with her with his antlers, butting her several times.

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Afterwards, Brian Berg, a Estes Park Public Works employee, told CBS4 he drove his truck between the elk and the woman and Mike Lewis, a visitor center ambassador, helped the woman out.

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“That bull was very aggressive,” Berg said.

It didn’t appear that the woman was badly hurt, but the man who fell down was treated at the hospital for a cut.

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Wildlife officials warn that people should keep a good distance away from elk at all times, and particularly right now during their mating season.