Elk rutting season is underway, which means you've got to be careful when visiting your favourite national parks. A 2016 video of an Alberta elk charging a man has recently resurfaced. The man who captured the video said that it speaks to the dangers of interacting with the animals around this time of the year.\nAccording to the Town of Banff, the rutting season occurs between late August and mid-October.\nEditor's Choice: A Family Was Kicked Off A WestJet Plane Because Of Masks & The Whole Flight Was Cancelled\nSeeing how the animals are breeding at this time, the male elk, also known as the bull elk, is known to get aggressive.\nJoe Urie, the owner and guide at the Jasper Tour Company, captured a video years ago that shows a large one charging a guy that had been taking photos.\nAt the beginning of the video, the animal is relatively calm, slowly moving in place. But suddenly, it begins charging the photographer, sending him running for his life.\nThe video ends with the photographer making it back to his truck.\nUrie told Narcity that it's not just rutting season we have to be worried about. "At any time of the year, all these wild animals are unpredictable," he said.\nYou can't make any guesses about their behaviour, explained Urie.\nView this post on Instagram Hiya Peeps! Listen, do yourself a favour and resist the urge to get this photo. Why? Because Wâskîsô can’t resist the urge to run you through! #ouch I shot this clip on August 25, 2016. I’ve posted it in the past as a reminder of what not to do in Elk Country during the rut. I am keen to note that even when it’s not rutting season you should give this big boy his space as he can be unpredictable and of course you can’t control the other things going on around you. Parks Canada recommends 30 metres. In the past when I’ve posted this, people have given me hell for not warning the man, for not educating him. Believe me people, I do my best. Sometimes people listen, but more often than not, I get told those two most famous words. The first one begins with F! Our friends in the Resource Conservation Department here in Jasper National Park spend their days monitoring events like this, events that could be self policed. Please folks, help free up some of their time for more important matters by being more responsible for your actions when you visit. It makes for a better experience for everyone. The Elk included! So let this be a warning.... If you’re planning on visiting Jasper National Park, please give the animals we share space with the respect they deserve. If you’re not sure what that looks like, come out on an adventure with us and we’ll get you dialled in! Enjoy your time in the Waciya! Hiy Hiy! Wâskîsô-Elk Waciya- Mountains #circleoflife 📹: Joe Urie ♾ 🦌 ♾ 🦌 ♾ #jasper #canada #indigenouscanada #indigenousalberta #métisguide #abmetis #turtleisland #languageisculture #keepitwild #respectnature #explorecanada #explorejasper #explorealberta #explore #canadianrockies #jaspernationalpark #besttourever #nature #therealjasper #ilivehere #wildernessculture #beautifulanimals #ITACyes #ITAyes #allcreaturesgreatandsmall #elkrut #bullelk #elk A post shared by Jasper Tour Company (@jaspertourcompany) on Sep 3, 2019 at 9:15am PDT\nHe pointed out that many of the animals close to the roadways in Banff or Jasper "behave differently" than the ones who are further back in the bush, "the ones who don't see people often."\nUrie told us that "in the middle of the summer," the animals are too busy trying to fetch food for themselves to properly notice the humans lingering in their space. "Those people don't pose any threat."\nBut when visitors return in September and try to get close to the animals, it's a very different story. "The dynamic has changed," he said.\n"The key message is to respect the animal space all-year-round."\nAnother thing he wants the public to note is that we need to be careful while in our vehicles as well. "Just because you're in your car doesn't make you safe."\nHe directed us to another video posted by the Jasper Tour Company in which a bull elk is spotted smashing into a white vehicle.\nView this post on Instagram It was getting dark and Wâskîsô was in no mood for selfies. Just ask the folks in this car and the pick-up truck he’d previously damaged. #therutison Be very mindful of the Bull Elk at this time of the year when visiting wild spaces like Jasper National Park. #crunchtime 📹: Joe Urie ♾ ♾ ♾ ♾ #jasper #canada #indigenouscanada #indigenousalberta #métisguide #abmetis #turtleisland #languageisculture #keepitwild #respectnature #explorecanada #explorejasper #explorealberta #explore #canadianrockies #travel #jaspernationalpark #besttourever #nature #therealjasper #ilivehere #wildernessculture #beautifulanimals #respectnature #ITACyes #ITAyes #allcreaturesgreatandsmall #bullelk A post shared by Jasper Tour Company (@jaspertourcompany) on Sep 9, 2019 at 6:53am PDT\n"We watched that bull last year wreck three different automobiles on three separate occasions."\nOther tips offered by the Town of Banff include travelling in groups, maintaining a distance of at least 30 metres between you and the elk, carrying pepper spray or an umbrella as protection, and more.