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DANGER: Elk calving season begins soon; Be aware of your surroundings!

elk cow with calf 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 4, 2022

Contact: Morgan Warthin, (307)344-2015

  • Elk calving season will begin soon in Yellowstone National Park.
  • Cow elk are much more aggressive towards people during the calving season and may run towards you or kick.
  • Stay alert. Look around corners before exiting buildings or walking around blind spots: cow elk may bed their calves near buildings and under cars.
  • Always keep at least 25 yards (23 m) from elk.
  • If an elk run towards you, find shelter in your vehicle or behind a tall, sturdy barrier as quickly as possible.
  • You are responsible for your own safety.
  • Attacks can be unprovoked and unpredictable.
  • Visit Elk for more information.

Last updated: May 23, 2022

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