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Yellowstone Wildlife Best Viewed At A Safe Distance

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Date: August 29, 2013

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
August 29, 2013          13-075    

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015


Yellowstone Wildlife Best Viewed At A Safe Distance

The sound of bugling elk in the crisp morning air signals the beginning of fall and the presence of large mammals in the lower elevations of Yellowstone.  

The most obvious change occurs when the large bull elk venture away from their solitude in the mountains and down to more populated lower elevations to compete for the attention of cow elk. Bulls are much more aggressive toward both people and vehicles this time of year and can be a threat to both people and property. Several vehicles are damaged by elk every year and occasionally people are charged by elk and are injured.

A dedicated group of park staff and volunteers can be seen patrolling these areas, like Mammoth Hot Springs, when elk are present in an attempt to keep elk and visitors a safe distance away from each other. Park regulations require visitors to stay a minimum of 25 yards – the length of two regular school buses – away from most large animals and a minimum of 100 yards – the length of a football field – away from bears and wolves at all times.

Fall also brings changing weather conditions. Visitors are encouraged to stop at a visitor center or ranger station for the latest update on road conditions, trail conditions, and park regulations before setting out. A reminder, a permit is required to stay overnight in the backcountry.

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