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Oblivious Man Ignores Warning, Gets Flipped By Agitated Elk In Estes Park

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

It’s always good to get a non-fatal reminder that wildlife is dangerous.

And if it’s caught on video, that’s a bonus because it serves as a more vivid reminder to all of us that our furry friends can impale, maul, stomp, and buck.

Oh, and don’t forget throw.

The latter was the method of attack that one elk used against a hapless man in Estes Park last month.

Elk were out and about in the community — as they often are — and a videographer noticed a couple were acting aggressively. 

“They were showing teeth,” Eric Burley said.

That should send a signal to give the elk some space but one man didn’t have the time. Instead he barreled past the elk even when Burley told him to stay away.

“Watch out sir,” Burley yelled. “Watch out, watch out!!”

As if one cue, the elk put his head down and flipped the clueless man over a wall.

Then to add insult to injury, the elk lorded over him like a linebacker who just pummeled a quarterback.

People shrieked but the man was able to get up and seemed to be ok.

It could have been a whole lot worse, especially with the elk’s impressive rack.

Burley said he shared the video with the media to remind people that wildlife are unpredictable.

Noted Wyoming outdoorsman Paul Ulrich told Cowboy State Daily that all animals should be respected.

“Every single animal is capable of attacking humans,” Ulrich said. “I was attacked by a duck a few years ago and let’s just say I lost by a sizable margin.”

Ulrich would not elaborate on his duck experience.

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Don’t Eat At This Restaurant!

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Truck Carrying Lemons Bursts Into Flames On Interstate 70 in Colorado

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

A semi-trailer truck burst into flames on Wednesday afternoon spilling thousands of lemons across Interstate 70 and causing massive traffic backups near Golden, Colorado.

The Colorado State Patrol reported the incident happened around 3:30pm and no one was injured. A cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

A Laramie resident who was visiting a relative in Boulder was stuck in the traffic behind the truck and told Cowboy State Daily it took more than two hours to get past the wreckage.

“It was awful,” Randy Peterson said. “I was almost out of gas and really needed to go to the bathroom. But thankfully the traffic started moving just in time.”

Peterson said he was able to visit a gas station before his “bladder exploded”.

“It was a close call,” he said.

Peterson said he tried to exit his car to pick up a burnt lemon as a souvenir but a Colorado State patrolman yelled at him to stay in his car.

“In retrospect, that was a bad decision,” he said. “That trooper was not in a good mood.”

He also said the scent of burning lemons was something he never experienced before.

“Actually it was a pretty decent smell,” he said. “I feel sorry for the driver but at least he wasn’t hauling cows or pigs.”

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Driver Flies Off I-25 In Toyota Camry, Plows Into Garage Housing Three Antique Cars

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

There are wrecks and then there are wrecks.

An accident in Wellington, Colorado, on Monday morning falls into the latter category.

A car traveling at a high rate of speed veered off of Interstate 25 and flew more than 150 feet in the air before hitting a power pole, trees, and then landing in a garage and smashing into three antique vehicles.

The Colorado State Patrol told Cowboy State Daily that the accident likely happened around 2:30 a.m. on Monday as that’s when power in the area was interrupted. 

The patrol received its first call on the matter at 4:31 a.m.

Troopers were unable to find the driver of the vehicle at the scene. As of Tuesday morning, he or she still had not been apprehended.

The vehicles damaged in the accident were identified as a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle, a 1966 Corvette, and a 1966 Nova (and a Toyota Camry).

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Oops! Watch Out For Wednesday…

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We all know Wyoming weather is wacky. We just didn’t expect to see a 114 degree swing in temperature in Cheyenne on Wednesday.

We’ll check with Don Day and get back to you…

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