Giant bull elk ‘browses’ in gift shop in Estes Park

ESTES PARK, Colo. — A shop owner in Estes Park had an unexpected visitor on Saturday — a giant bull elk.

While elk frequently wander through town, Prateek Shakya said this is the first time one has come inside his shop.

The video shows the elk, which appears to be a 6-by-6, standing around, surrounded by stuffed animals, purses, hats, key chains and other souvenirs in the Water Wheel Gift Corner.

Shakya said he had the door propped open for customers, but the elk walked in and browsed for about 45 minutes.

There were no customers in the store at the time, but Shakya said it gave him a bit of a scare — for his own safety and then for his property.

He said he started to wonder if his insurance company would cover elk damage. The elk remained calm and didn’t create a mess.

Shakya said officers lured the elk outside with some apples, but the elk came back inside less than 10 minutes later.

Shakya said after seven years in business, he will no longer be keeping his door propped open.