Bull elk put down after attacks on 2 women in Estes Park

ESTES PARK, Colo. -- A bull elk known for causing trouble has been put down, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said Thursday.

The elk hurt two women in Estes Park on Thursday morning, officials said.

The animal knocked down one woman on Filbey Court as she was watching a group of cow elk. Less than an hour later, the bull elk chased a jogger on a trail near Performance Park.

Neither woman was doing anything wrong at the time of the attacks, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said.

“This animal has a long history and injuring humans is not something we can tolerate,” Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said.

Both women were taken to a hospital for treatment and were released.

Officials said the women were doing nothing wrong when they were charged.

On Thursday, an elk that was identified as the same one that attacked the women was seen in Estes Park.

A man was close to the animal, standing in front of it trying to take a picture, something highly discouraged by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The elk previously had been tagged and was known to have been involved in similar incidents, including last year when it gored another elk at Estes Park Golf Course.