Oregon archery hunter gored, murdered by charging elk, authorities state

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An Oregon man was murdered with a charging elk while archery hunting on Sunday following the monster billed and gored him in the throat with its antlers, according to police.

Mark David, 66, by Hillsboro was hunting on private land in Tillamook on Saturday if he injured a 5X5 bull elk however was not able to find it until dark, Oregon State Police said.

David along with the landowner tried to look for the injured bull another day prior to discovering it about 9:15 a.m.. He tried to kill it with his bowwhen the elk charged, authorities said.

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“The landowner tried to assist David however he sustained fatal injuries and died,” Oregon State Police said.

Authorities said the elk was killed and its meat was contributed to the Tillamook County Jail after the investigation.

Oregon State Police were assisted from the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Tillamook Fire and Rescue, along with the Tillamook County Medical Examiner.

Last September, two individuals were injured following an elk violently billed at a female in Estes Park, Colorado.

The breeding season, known as an elk rut, normally occurs from early September to mid-October, once the bull elk”announce their accessibility” to challenge and females rival men, according to the National Park Service.

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During this period of time, the bull elk is deemed dangerous and aggressive for individuals.

“Bull elk could be terribly dangerous in this time period. You’re accountable for your own security,” stated the Yellowstone National Park Twitter account.

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Archery elk hunting season opens in late August and runs roughly 30 days before late September, according to the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Tillamook is situated approximately 70 kilometers west of Portland.

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