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WARNING: Bull elk in Yellowstone National Park can be unpredictable and dangerous during fall mating season

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National Park Service

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News Release Date: September 2, 2021

Contact: Morgan Warthin, (307) 344-2015

  • The elk mating season has begun in Yellowstone National Park.
  • Bull elk can be unpredictable and dangerous during this time.
  • Stay alert! People have been severely injured by elk. Elk run quickly and may change direction without warning.
  • Always maintain a distance of at least two bus lengths (25 yards) from elk.
  • If an elk charges you, find shelter in your vehicle or behind a tall, sturdy barrier as quickly as possible.
  • Follow directions from park rangers.
  • You are responsible for your own safety.

Last updated: September 2, 2021

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