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Yellowstone Visitor Hospitalized After Elk Attack

It was park's 2nd attack in 3 days
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 6, 2018 12:31 AM CDT
A herd of elk graze in the meadows of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.   (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
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(Newser) – For the second time in three days, an elk has attacked someone in Yellowstone National Park. The National Park Service says a female elk with a calf attacked 53-year-old park visitor Penny Allyson Behr behind the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel on Tuesday, the AP reports. Yellowstone officials say the elk surprised Behr as she walked between cabins. Behr backed away but the elk kicked her in the head and body. Behr was taken to a hospital. Her condition wasn't immediately released. On Sunday, a female elk with a calf kicked 51-year-old Charlene Triplett of Las Vegas in the head and body behind the same hotel. Triplett was in fair condition Tuesday. Park officials are unsure if it was the same elk. They say the animals aggressively defend their young.

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