An elk gored a hunter – armed only with a bow and arrows – to death during a hunt, it has been reported.
Mark David, 66, shot the beast with an arrow in the evening before the elk stuck him in the neck with its antlers.
He had been hunting on private land in Tillamook County in the US state of Oregon when he fired the arrow at the bull elk, leaving it injured.
But the attempt to find for the animal ended in failure and the group retired and vowed to pick up its trail in the morning.
The next day, August 30, Mr David returned with the landowner hoping to find the wounded beast once again.
Oregon State Police officers said at about 9.15am Mr David managed to find the elk and again tried to kill it with his bow.
It was at this moment that the elk charged David and gored him in the neck with his antlers.
While the landowner attempted to help Mr David, his injuries were severe and he later collapsed and died in a pool of blood.
Officers confirmed the elk was later killed and its meat donated to the Tillamook County Jail following the investigation.
Last year, another hunter was killed by a deer he believed he shot and killed.
Thomas Alexander fired a rifle at the creature while out hunting only for the deer to get revenge.
The 66-year-old stooped down to check the animal was dead, giving it chance to gore him.
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He managed to ring his family, who contacted emergency services, but the puncture wounds proved more dangerous than his rifle and he died later in hospital in Yellville, Arkansas.
Keith Stephens, of Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, said: “I don’t know how long he left it there, but he went up to check it to make sure it was dead.
“And evidently it wasn’t. It got back up, and he had several puncture wounds on his body.”
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