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August 31, 2020


Yellowstone warns visitors not to get mixed up in elk mating season

(Thanks to John Lobert and vee)


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How do you stop a charging elk?

Take away his credit card.

More than a few idiot tourists could stand to get a good rutting.

Don't look now, but I think that elk is happy to see you. Quick, see if strip tease works on the elks as well as it does on the polar bears.



Well, there goes my idea for a new reality show - "Elk Yentes" (matchmakers).

2005 NPS memo to employees:

Fall Bull Elk Rutting Season Reminder

The fall season of bull elk rutting activity is about to start. During this period, it is not uncommon for bull elk to mock fight with many types of household items found in employee’s yards. As a consequence, bull elk often get household items wrapped around their antlers. This can result in bull elk getting tied to each other, or to brush, trees, or other objects.

Over the last few years the Bear Management Office and Ungulate Office has had to capture and immobilize bull elk to remove extension cords, clothes lines, shrubbery baskets, leashes, wire, nets, cloth bags, swings, hammocks, coaxial cable, and volleyball nets (complete with poles) from their antlers. During the fall rut, Please make an effort to remove all such items from your yards when not in use.

Bull elk are also much more aggressive towards people and vehicles during the breeding season. Last fall multiple vehicles and two people were gored by bull elk. Please use caution when walking near elk and look around corners before exiting buildings or walking around blind spots.

Kerry Gunther
Bear Management Office
Yellowstone National Park

Those "menage a trois" can get ugly quickly.

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