Bull in a gift shop


There’s never a dull moment is Estes Park, Colo., thanks to the local wildlife. Today it was a bull elk that wandered into Water Wheel Gift Corner. He hung around in the shop for about 45 minutes, to the great consternation of owner Prateek Shakya. Shakya was trapped in the shop the whole time because there was no back door. Meanwhile, police were outside the entire time, trying to lure the elk out with apples. He left once, then came back in, before finally leaving for good.

Apparently no damage was done, although one display was almost knocked over. Rather remarkable given the tight quarters and the size of the animal.

9 News Denver aired the story this evening, and their report is shorter and easier to hear than this longer video (which starts with a loud blast and then becomes almost inaudible). There’s also a brief video shot by a spectator who was watching from the sidewalk out front.

A large elk herd winters in and around Estes, so their presence is not at all uncommon. But until today none have been seen patronizing a local shop.

8 thoughts on “Bull in a gift shop

    1. Heh, this is great. I guess they don’t want to bump into things any more than we do — unless they’re scared or angry. I thought that one display might crash when the elk juggled it, and I kept looking at that glass display case to the left of the door.

      Somewhere in the story the shop owner said he was glad the elk didn’t poop while inside. With thousands of dollars of merchandise at stake, I doubt I’d have thought about that. But then, he had 45 minutes to worry about what might happen.

      1. What? no back doors? After that last fire?
        (Not to mention how do they get the stock inside with the narrow street and crowds…)
        Oh, now I remember that building…old and scenic…but some of the doors are warped and hard to close…right by that watering hole, path with easy access for elk.
        Maybe he was practicing reindeer games….is there a rivalry? HA HA
        great post

      2. Yep, the building has that big water wheel right beside it, and then a parking lot next to that.
        Who knows, maybe those reindeer games include hide and seek and he was hiding. Or maybe just doing some early Christmas shopping. Or just browsing, the way we all do when in town.

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