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WARNING: Yellowstone's bull elk can be extremely dangerous during the rut

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News Release Date: August 28, 2020

Contact: Morgan Warthin, (307) 344-2015

  • The elk rut has begun in Yellowstone National Park.
  • Bull elk can be extremely dangerous during this time.
  • Stay alert! People have been severely injured by elk. Elk run quickly and may change direction without warning.
  • 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.

Last updated: August 28, 2020

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