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Video shows hunters frighteningly close encounter with bull elk
Witnessing a bull elk running at full speed is definitely awe-inspiring. Or, in the case of this hunter, a little terrifying. - photo by Grant Olsen
THE GREAT OUTDOORS Late summer through fall is a time of year when encounters with wildlife often increase.

Last month, we featured a video showing a massive bull elk traipsing through a shopping center in Colorado. And before that, there was the video of a bull elk bugling directly into a hunters face.

But the elk seen in these videos are fairly slow moving. For the most part, they saunter around like they dont have a care in the world. So you may be wondering how fast an elk can actually run.

A new video shared on Stag Valley, a Facebook community dedicated to big game hunting, shows just how incredibly speedy they are when they want to be.

The slow-motion video begins with a large elk sprinting across a wooded hillside. As it passes through dense trees, the bulls antlers ricochet from side to side. Undeterred, it continues on its path, which happens to pass extremely close to the hunter who is filming the action.

With the massive animal rapidly approaching, the hunter ducked behind a tree for cover. He then filmed the animal as it retreated farther into the woods.

Its stunning to watch how effortlessly the elk leaped over fallen trees and made its way through the brush. And it's also a little jarring to think what wouldve happened if the elk's path had come closer to the hunter and the two had made contact.