Hunter From Oregon Gored To Death By Elk He Shot With Arrow The Night Before

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By Mayukh Saha / Truth Theory

When you intentionally hurt unprovoked animals, karma has a way of returning that hurt. A bow hunter from Oregon was killed recently by the elk he had been tracking. The 66 years old hunter was on a private property near Tillamook. There he had wounded the 5×5 bull elk for his hunt.

Mark David, the hunter, had gone looking for the hurt elk, but could not track it, said Oregon State Police.

The morning after they wounded the elk, the hunter from Oregon along with the owner of the property continued their search. Around 9:15 am, they spotted the elk. This time Mr. David wanted to kill it and took aim with his bow. But to his surprise. The wounded elk charged at him and gored him to death.

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In their statement, the Oregon State Police mentioned that Mr. David’s friend tried to help him. But he had sustained serious injuries and soon succumbed. 

Later the wounded elk had to be killed to put it out of its misery. The meat was donated to the Tillamook County Jail after the investigation was closed.


Elks don’t commonly attack humans but it does occur at times. In 2019, an elk injured two people when it attacked a woman in Colorado. The bull elk had knocked down the woman and was poking at her. The woman escaped with minor injuries only.

September and October are the months for elk mating. This is also known as an elk rut. Male elks turn more aggressive and often get involved in fights with competing males.

But the death of this hunter from Oregon seemed to be a result of his own aggression. Had he not gone out to hurt the animal, he would probably be still alive. We need to respect our fellow beings. This planet is as much theirs as it is ours.

Featured Image: Oregon State Police, Zoran Orcik

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