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WARNING: Bull elk can be extremely dangerous during Yellowstone’s elk rut

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National Park Service

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News Release Date: September 3, 2019

Contact: Morgan Warthin, (307) 344-2015

  • The elk rut has begun in Yellowstone National Park and bull elk can be extremely dangerous. 
  • Be 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.

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PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168



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