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Warning: Yellowstone elk with calves are extremely dangerous

Mother elk grooming calf
Elk cow grooming her calf

NPS / Jacob W. Frank

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News Release Date: May 16, 2019

Contact: Morgan Warthin, (307) 344-2015

  • Warning: Elk calving has begun! 
  • Cow elk are much more aggressive towards people during the calving season and may charge or kick.
  • Stay alert. Look around corners before exiting buildings or walking around blind spots: cow elk may bed their calves near buildings and cars.
  • Keep at least 25 yards from elk at all times. 
  • If an elk charges you, find shelter in your vehicle or behind a tall, sturdy barrier as quickly as possible. 
  • You are responsible for your own safety. 
  • Download the Elk warning poster.

Last updated: May 16, 2019

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