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State trooper helps remove unruly elk from Oregon beach

A cow elk knocked a rider off a bicycle and charged a state police vehicle Monday before being tranquilized by a dart gun and relocated, Oregon State Police said. Then searchers found her calf hiding in the tall grass - and set out to reunite mother and child. (Oregon State Police photo)

GEARHART, Ore. - A cow elk knocked a rider off a bicycle and charged a state police vehicle Monday before being tranquilized by a dart gun and relocated, Oregon State Police said.

Then searchers found her calf hiding in the tall grass - and set out to reunite mother and child.

The situation started with reports that a cow elk was charging people near the Gearhart beach access, at one point making contact with the bicyclist.

State wildlife biologists shot the elk with a tranquilizer dart.

Biologists and state troopers loaded the sleepy elk into a horse trailer to transport back to the woods away from people.

A search party located a calf hiding in the grass. The two were reunited and taken from the scene without further issues, police said.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife urges beachgoers to stay away from elk on the beach.

"In Oregon, even our elk hit the beach, especially in Gearhart," the agency said in a statement. "This time of year some cow elk are still caring for calves and can get aggressive protecting their young. In this case, a cow was protecting her late-born, week-old calf in Gearhart when she got aggressive and even charged a bicyclist who was knocked off his bicycle Monday morning. The bicyclist is fine as are the cow and her calf who were both safely relocated to a wildlife area well outside town."

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