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Caution: Elk calving season has begun in Yellowstone. Beware of your surroundings!

Mother elk with car in between cars in parking lot
An elk calf nurses between cars in the Mammoth administration parking lot

NPS / Jacob W. Frank

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News Release Date: May 19, 2020

Contact: Morgan Warthin, (307) 344-2015

  • Elk calving season has started in Yellowstone National Park.  
  • 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.  
  • Visit Elk for more information. 

Last updated: May 21, 2020

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