File photo of bull elk bugling, Photo Credit: twildlife (iStock).

File photo of bull elk bugling, Photo Credit: twildlife (iStock).

Several people were caught on video surrounding two wild bull elks in a meadow at Rocky Mountain National Park earlier this month.

Penalties and jail time could follow for those who came within inches of the two wild bulls, which is prohibited inside the park. Rocky Mountain National Park officials advise staying at least 25 yards away from all wildlife.

In the video, a child appears to bend down and possibly reach out to pet one of the elk.

A report from FOX31 says park officials are aware of the footage and believe the child did not make contact with the elk based on the angle of the video.

This instance bears resemblance to another encounter that recently occurred in Yellowstone National Park in which a bear bluff charged a woman who was taking photos from a close proximity.

In that case, the woman ended up being charged with feeding, touching, teasing, frightening, or intentionally disturbing wildlife and violating closures and use limits. Her initial court appearance is set for Aug. 26.

Getting too close to wildlife leaves park visitors vulnerable to attack, but this issue isn't uncommon in Colorado. 

In a similar incident, video surfaced of a woman petting a wild bull elk in Estes Park.

In another incident, a woman was knocked to the ground after a bull elk charged into a group of visitors at Rocky Mountain National Park. 

Elk are one of the largest members of the deer family. Male bull elks can weigh more than 700 pounds and stand up to five feet tall at the shoulder.

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