Wildlife-watching in Estes Park, Colorado, doesn’t have to entail a trip into the backcountry: you can run into plenty of “Cervus canadensis” in a drive through town.

Ah, summer. Time for weekend drives and family vacations. Tourist towns all over the country are gearing up for an influx of visitors. But for one city in Colorado, it’s the elk that will be arriving in droves, in this warmest season.

Much like the polar bears that annually travel through Churchill on their way to Hudson Bay’s frozen ice or the bison that often block the roads in Yellowstone, male elk must navigate their way through human developments in Estes Park, Colorado, every year, in search of nearby females.

Unfortunately, there are those who think that just because animals wander into our cities, they are tame. Those people soon find out that—just as with the bison in Yellowstone that have a distinctive way of warning “stalkers” who come too close—it’s not wise to approach an elk with a camera.

Watch the first, short video below which depicts a typical “elk jam” in Estes Park. In the second video, a man who didn’t keep his distance finds out that trying to get familiar with an elk should be by invitation only.

Here’s to finding your true places and natural habitats,