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Elk Rams Cars - Text Transcript
A Mammoth Hot Springs resident and National Park Service employee, Paul Chalfant, shot the video of a bull elk ramming several vehicles when they stopped too close to the bull's harem. Paul was shooting from his porch and often retreated to the safety of his house. What follows is the text transcript of the audio with a brief description of the associated video.
Bull elk runs toward Paul and stops near the porch as Paul steps inside and closes the door.
Bull elk bugles at a cow and chases her away from a truck.
Bull elk eats some snow.
Red pick-up truck pulls forward and stops very near the bull.
Bull elk rams the right rear corner of the truck with it's large antlers.
Young elk makes a whining noise as the big bull chases another bull from the area.
Bull elk returns to eating snow.
Another red pick-up truck pulls up and stops nearby.
A whistling noise comes from the truck.
The bull begins to run toward the truck.
The bull rams the right rear corner of the truck.
Bull elk bugles loudly again.
Later that day, at dusk, the bull resumes his activities.
Cars begin to move away from the elk.
Man's voice: "This is going to get hairy."
Did You Know?
At peak summer levels, 3,500 employees work for Yellowstone National Park concessioners and about 800 work for the National Park Service.